Injury forces Martial to return from France duty

Monday 18 March 2019 09:00

The France Football Federation confirmed on Sunday afternoon that Anthony Martial has withdrawn from international duty and returned to Manchester United due to an injury.

The 23-year-old forward recently came back from a period of absence for the Reds, as a substitute in the Premier League match against Arsenal on 10 March, before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer selected him to start in last Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup quarter-final tie at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Martial was expected to play in France’s Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Moldova and Iceland, but he has now been replaced in Didier Deschamps' group by Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar.
Martial's recently injury troubles began during the Champions League home tie against PSG.
An official FFF statement read: “Anthony Martial is suffering from recurring problems in the right knee. He again felt severe pain in his right knee after Saturday's match against Wolverhampton.”

Anthony is now expected to be assessed at the Aon Training Complex and, as it stands, it remains unclear if the exciting forward will be available for our next match, against Watford on 30 March.

Meanwhile, Sweden have also confirmed that United no.2 Victor Lindelof will not feature in their upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Romania and Norway for personal reasons. 

The in-form defender has been replaced in the squad by New York City FC's Anton Tinnerholm. 

"It is, of course, sad that Victor left but I fully understand and respect his decisions," said Sweden head coach Janne Andersson.

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