Erik ten Hag has revealed that three of his players will likely miss the upcoming clashes with Leeds and Barcelona because of fitness injuries.
Manchester United have been in excellent form since returning from the World Cup in December, they currently sit third in the Premier League table.
But the team has been wobbling of late as their injury list keeps growing. They missed a good chance to gain ground on their Machester rivals over the weekend when they just managed to rescue a point from their home game against Leeds.
Casemiro’s suspension isn’t helping either, the Brazilian midfielder was sent off against Crystal Palace for ‘violent conduct’.
Ten Hag has now claimed that his squad is struggling from an ‘overload’ due to the bloated schedule and that Antony, Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay will miss the next two games.
‘We have some days, obviously, but I don’t expect it and until now I don’t see any new problems coming up,’ he said about the player’s fitness for Sunday
‘And Barca? ‘I think same answer. I can’t say for 100 per cent but I don’t expect it.
‘Definitely, it’s a tough season,’ he continued. ‘With the World Cup in between there’s a lot of load – overload – on the players, that’s quite clear. That process is already longer term coming on, that the load on the players is too much.
‘Christian Eriksen, you can’t put that under that reason. Martial, you can’t put that under that reason. It’s really individual, how we can see it and how we find reasons why things happen. But also, if you play top football, you go across limits and injuries will come up. That’s also a normal issue, I would say.’