Man Utd dealt fresh injury blow as attacker becomes 3rd major doubt for Chelsea trip
Man Utd have suffered an injury blow with Alexis Sanchez joining Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial in being a fitness doubt for Monday’s trip to Chelsea
Manchester United have suffered a fresh injury blow with Alexis Sanchez joining Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial in being a major fitness doubt for Monday’s trip to Chelsea, according to the Daily Mail.
Sanchez was named on the bench for United’s Champions League first leg clash with Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on Tuesday night but he was called to warm-up after Lingard picked-up a hamstring problem during the closing stages of the first half.
After receiving treatment from the United physio’s, Lingard was replaced by Sanchez in stoppage time and the England international is now a major doubt for the FA Cup fifth round trip to Chelsea.
However, the Daily Mail claim Sanchez could also miss out at Stamford Bridge after injuring himself in a bizarre incident shortly before coming on for Lingard against PSG on Tuesday night.
The newspaper says that as Sanchez was sent out to warm-up on the touchline, he wasn’t watching where he was going and injured his knee after colliding with the linesman as he jogged alongside the pitch.
The Daily Mail says the Chilean international was only allowed to replace Lingard as the United staff felt it was better for him to play in order to prevent his leg from stiffening up and they claim the attacker is now a major doubt to face Chelsea.
It’s another set-back for Sanchez as he bids to find some form following a disappointing season so far that’s seen him start just three games under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and find the net just twice this campaign.
The 30-year-old will now be assessed ahead of the trip to Chelsea and Man Utd are also sweating over the fitness of Martial after he was forced off at half-time against PSG with a groin injury.
It would be a huge blow for United if they were to be without Sanchez, Lingard and Martial for the Chelsea game on Monday night as it would leave Solskjaer with limited attacking options for the FA Cup clash.
The injury woes capped a disappointing night for Man Utd on Tuesday as the face an uphill struggle to qualify for the quarter-finals after losing 2-0 to PSG while Paul Pogba will miss the return leg after being sent off late on.
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