Victor Lindelof has been added to the list of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s injury concerns ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League game against West Brom on Saturday evening.
The Swedish defender is still suffering from a back problem and signalled that he could not complete the Nations League defeat to France on Tuesday and was substituted midway through the second-half.
Lindelof played all 90 minutes in the victory over Croatia three days earlier but Sweden assistant manager Peter Wettergren confirmed he indicated he needed to come off because of his reoccurring issue.
“He was in a bit of pain after the match against Croatia, but said that he will give everything for the team,” Wettergren said, quoted by Aftonbladet.
“He was able to train okay yesterday and said ‘I’ll push as long as possible’.
“He gave me a signal at half time that he would not go the whole [of second] half. Then I told him to shout when it is not possible.”
The United centre-back has been nursing his back problem for several weeks now but performed well in the win over Everton at Goodison Park before the international break which alleviated pressure on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
It would have been ideal for Lindelof to remain in Manchester and get some rest after the Everton fixture, but such is the nature of the demanding fixture schedule, he has featured in two more games before his United return.
We hope Lindelof’s early substitution was a precaution but Solskjaer may prefer to start Axel Tuanzebe alongside Harry Maguire in defence against West Brom to avoid the risk of aggravating the 26-year-old’s injury.
Meanwhile, the Mirror reports that Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are also doubts for the game against the Baggies at Old Trafford.
Their report notes that Anthony Martial sat out of France training on Monday and the striker was an unused substitute against Sweden.
Rashford withdrew from England duty after picking up a shoulder injury against Everton but the the seriousness of his setback is not yet known.