Tottenham vs Man Utd injury news: Two doubts and nine ruled out for Premier League clash

Manchester United face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, in the second round of 2023/24 Premier League fixtures.
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Manchester United could be without six players for Saturday’s Premier League encounter against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Red Devils travel to the capital on the back of a hard-fought 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, a game Erik ten Hag’s side were fortunate to come away from with all three points.

Lisandro Martinez was replaced at half-time in that encounter with Raphael Varane revealing afterwards that his centre-back colleague had picked up a slight knock during the match. It’s not clear at this stage how severe the problem is, but if Martinez is missing, Ten Hag is expected to hand Victor Lindelof a start instead.

Elsewhere, summer signing Rasmus Hojlund is out with a back problem, and the Danish international watched Monday’s game from the stands at Old Trafford. He was also joined by Tom Heaton, who will miss the first few weeks of the campaign with a knock. 

The goalkeeper joins Tyrell Malacia, Kobbie Mainoo and Amad on the sidelines, with the trio all picking up injuries in pre-season. “Malacia's will take some time, the same as Amad and Kobbie, they are really impact injuries,” Ten Hag said last week.

The Dutchman also selected Harry Maguire and Dean Henderson on the bench against Wolves, despite speculation surrounding their respective futures at the club. Anthony Martial was another unused substitute on Monday and should be an option at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, despite the striker missing all of pre-season as he recovered from a hamstring injury sustained in May.

As for Spurs, Cristian Romero is the main unknown ahead of the game, with the defender forced off in the early stages of last week’s draw with Brentford due to concussion protocol. “We’re in an era where we know about these things so I’m not a doctor and anytime that happens I think it’s really important that we protect the players,” Ange Postecoglou said after the match. “They don’t know themselves what’s going on and I had medical advice.”

Meanwhile, the ex-Celtic boss remains without Fraser Forster, who has a back problem, while Bryan Gil underwent surgery last week on a groin problem. Long-term absentees Ryan Sessegnon and Rodrigo Bentancur remain unavailable for Tottenham.

Doubts: Romero (Tottenham); Martinez (United). Ruled out: Forster, Sessegnon, Bentancur, Gil (Tottenham); Heaton, Malacia, Mainoo, Amad, Hojlund (United).