Manchester United’s defensive woes worsen as Martinez and Lindelof face extended absence

Manchester United’s defensive lineup takes a hit as Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof face at least a month on the sidelines due to muscle injuries.

A string of injuries has plagued the season for Argentine World Cup winner Martinez.

The former Ajax player suffered a calf issue during his return from a prolonged knee problem, entering the field as a substitute during Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Brentford.

Martinez had replaced Lindelof after the Swede picked up a hamstring injury.

A difficult second season for United boss Erik ten Hag has been blighted by the consistent loss of key players to injury.

The Red Devils are sixth in the Premier League, 11 points off the top four with nine games remaining.

Martinez and Lindelof are also set to miss the FA Cup semi-final against Coventry later this month.

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