Leicester vs Man Utd: Erik ten Hag’s team news update on Anthony Martial & Victor Lindelof
The Manchester United manager had mixed news ahead of the trip to the King Power Stadium.
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Despite being a regular feature of the United team in pre-season, the Swedish centre-back has not been involved at all since the start of the new campaign due to injury.
However, he was pictured training again with the first-team squad ahead of the clash at the King Power Stadium, and Erik ten Hag hinted in his pre-match press conference that Lindelof could be back in the squad this week.
"Victor Lindelof is training with the team, we will see today [Wednesday] how far he is but just one session he was in. He was two-three weeks out,” Ten Hag explained.
While it’s welcome news for United, the manager’s comments do seem to imply Lindelof is unlikely to be handed an immediate return to the team in Leicester.
Nor will Anthony Martial, with Ten Hag confirming he is still absent with an Achilles problem that kept him out of the 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday.
"Martial is not available,” said the former Ajax manager, who may decide to reinstate Cristiano Ronaldo to the team given the injury to United’s No.9.
Martial has played just 45 minutes of Premier League football this campaign due to the Achilles issue and a hamstring injury he picked up in pre-season and ruled him out of the first two games.
As for Leicester, who are yet to win any of their opening four league matches of the season, Brendan Rodgers confirmed in his pre-match press conference that James Maddison is a doubt.
"We’ve had most of the guys training and available as was for the weekend," said the Northern Irishman. “[On]James Maddison, we’re hopeful, but we’ll see how he is tomorrow."
The only other injury issues for the Foxes are Ricardo Pereira and Ryan Bertrand, both of whom will be missing through long-term problems.