Erik ten Hag issues ‘serious’ Man Utd injury update ahead of Europa League clash with Real Betis
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Erik ten Hag has issued an update on Manchester United’s fitness ahead of Thursday night’s clash with Real Betis.
The Red Devils take a healthy lead to Andalusia having won 4-1 at Old Trafford, but they still have business to take care of, with Betis remaining dangerous, and particularly at home. United have been inconsistent form over recent weeks, and Ten Hag will want to see his men bounce back from a frustrating Premier League draw with Southampton.
Ahead of Thursday night’s clash in Spain, Ten Hag has been speaking to the media, and he has provided the latest on the fitness of his side, including the latest on Alejandro Garnacho, who picked up a concerning-looking ankle injury over the weekend.
“I can’t say exactly [when he will be back]. It will take weeks, it is a serious injury,” said Ten Hag. “Once again, after Christian Eriksen, we have a serious injury after a contact. It is not a good decision. It is difficult to make a diagnosis quickly. I saw him limping and that is why I took him off.”
United confirmed their travelling squad on Wednesday afternoon, and both Anthony Martial and Antony were left out. “Antony is ill,” Ten Hag confirmed. “We have options and we will see tomorrow. We have (Anthony) Elanga, Bruno (Fernandes) and Pelli (Facundo Pellistri).”
United have a busy schedule as they compete on three fronts across the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League, but it seems Ten Hag will resist the opportunity to rotate. Asked if Fernandes and Casemiro will play, he said: “They will play, both. It is a very good opponent. Last week we had a good result, but we need to go again. We need our best players and our best team.”
The Dutchman added: “It is always serious and we will play our best team. We have to put up a team that can adapt during the game. We know our opponent can, as they have really good players. We have to be ready to battle with them.”