Lisandro Martinez has not suffered an ACL injury after fears the Manchester United defender would be ruled out for a significant period.
Martinez was substituted after tangling with Vladimir Coufal during Manchester United’s 3-0 win over West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday, with the centre-back in visible pain and several of his teammates concerned.
The Argentina international had recently returned to the team after missing much of the campaign with a foot problem, but fears over an anterior cruciate ligament injury have been allayed.
Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Manchester United sources have confirmed that the 26-year-old does not require surgery and the Red Devils hope Martinez will be fit to return after March’s international break.
The World Cup winner has a sprained collateral ligament, an issue that does not need an operation and will sideline the centre-back for weeks and not months.
Erik ten Hag had warned the issue did not ‘look good’ in his post-match press conference after Sunday’s game.
“It doesn’t look good,” he said.
“There is a bad concern. We have to wait for a few days for the diagnosis. He is very sad, very disappointed. We all feel really with him.
“First of all it is a personal disaster when it is really bad but also for the team it is really bad because he definitely brings us a lot.”
Ten Hag’s options to replace Martinez include Harry Maguire, who started at centre-back alongside Martinez against West Ham, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof. The latter duo were each introduced as substitutes at Old Trafford at the weekend.