Victor Lindelof missed Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat against Newcastle.
It was initially thought by some that the Sweden international was simply overtaken by Academy graduate Axel Tuanzebe, though we now know Lindelof was injured.
The centre-half picked up a back injury in the scoreless Europa League encounter with AZ Alkmaar — one that he has suffered with for most of his life.
Despite this, Lindelof was named in the Sweden squad for international duty, so we immediately feared that he could come back with a bigger problem.
On Wednesday the player explained his situation ahead of Sweden’s games against Malta and Spain.
Obviously, we’d prefer if Lindelof wasn’t risked and it could sway Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to start Tuanzebe ahead of him when the squad returns from the break.
“It happened on Thursday,” Lindelof told TV4, as quoted by Fötbollskanalen and later quoted via Sport Witness. “I had a game and it seized up. I haven’t been able to train or take part in the last club game, so that’s it, but it gets better and better every day. I get good treatment here and good help with the national team.”
He then added: “I know what it is. I know my body. Do I play? It’s up to Janne [Andersson] and obviously up to my body. If I keep it’s holding up, I want to play both matches if Janne wants it. We simply have to see and take it day by day on how my body feels.
“Today, I went on the pitch a bit, test different movements with the ball and such. We’ll see how it feels when I wake up tomorrow and if there’s any difference, but hopefully I can join the team tomorrow, but we’ll see.”
The only positive from all of this is Lindelof feels the treatment he’s been receiving with Sweden is going well, and that his back feels better each day.
Lindelof’s first game when he returns is against Liverpool. We don’t need him missing that with injury.