Manchester United defender Lisandro Martínez underwent successful surgery on the foot injury that ended his season prematurely last week.
Martinez has become a fan favorite in his first year with United following a high-profile transfer from Ajax. Despite having to settle in a new country, he has been among the best players on the team, which was a blow when he was forced to retire against Sevilla.
The 2022 World Cup winner was running with the ball in the closing stages of the match at Old Trafford but suddenly fell to the ground without pressure from an opponent, clutching his foot.
Martínez was carried off the pitch by fellow internationals Gonzalo Montiel and Marcos Acuña, before being carried on a stretcher through the tunnel back to the locker room.
Initial concerns of a possible Achilles tendon injury and an extended absence were soon allayed. Instead, a fractured metatarsal was to blame, which is a less serious issue, though Martinez won’t play again this season yet.
“Everything went very well, thank God!” she posted on social media from her hospital bed following her foot surgery this week.
Thank you very much for all your messages. Now focusing on recovery.”
Who will start at Man Utd instead of Lisandro Martínez?
United boss Erik ten Hag also lost Raphael Varane in the match against Sevilla, and the Frenchman is expected to return to action this season, but is still out for a ‘few weeks’.
In the space of one game, United have lost their two favorite starting centre-backs. That means Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, who last played regularly together in 2020/21 before being pushed down the pecking order, will have the chance to start a series of games.
Depth in that area of the pitch is potentially a concern until Varane returns. Left-back Luke Shaw has already performed admirably at the heart of the defense this season, while reports surfaced this week that Phil Jones has failed to complete a single training session with Ten Hag all season due to the relapse of a long knee problem
Jones is not part of United’s registered teams in the Premier League or Europa League.