Team news: Ten Hag's update on Garnacho

Wednesday 15 March 2023 18:42

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says he expects that Alejandro Garnacho will be able to return from his injury before the end of the season.

The young forward suffered an ankle problem during Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Southampton at Old Trafford and is expected to miss a number of the Reds’ upcoming games, along with Argentina’s international fixtures in this month’s break. 

As Alejandro stated in an Instagram post on Tuesday, his focus is now very much on recovering and getting back to full fitness.

Erik was asked for an update on the player's injury prognosis, during his pre-match press conference for our Europa League last-16 second leg against Real Betis.

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"I can't say exactly at this moment but it will take weeks," he told reporters in Spain.

"So it’s a serious injury I didn’t expect. A foul and a serious injury once again, after Christian Eriksen, a serious injury after a contact.

"He makes good progression and he was selected by the national team. He was in a really good development," the boss added.

"He will be back before the end of the season. We can win a lot so he has to be ready."

Along with Garnacho, Antony is also among United’s absentees for the game at the Benito Villamarin Stadium, with Ten Hag confirming the Brazilian winger is unwell.

Asked about the potential for Uruguay's Facundo Pellistri to get some minutes in the absence of his fellow South Americans, Erik said: "You will see tomorrow. We have some options.

"Of course we have Sancho, we have [Anthony] Elanga, we have Bruno [Fernandes]. So we have several options but Pellistri is definitely also one and he is doing really well lately when he came on."

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Fernandes is one of two players who are one booking away from a Europa League suspension, the other being Casemiro. But when asked if he might avoid risking a ban by omitting them from his line-up, Ten Hag replied: "No, we play both because it’s a very good opponent.

"Last week we had a good result but we have to go again and you need your best players. We need a result, we need a win, so then we need our best team."

Marcel Sabitzer and Victor Lindelof have both missed games recently but they were pictured in training at Carrington earlier today and have travelled with the squad, so could be in contention to return. Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek remain long-term absentees.

The La Liga club confirmed their 23-man squad for the tie earlier in the day, which featured one change from the group that made the trip to Old Trafford last week. 

Luiz Felipe, a centre-back capped by Italy, played the full 90 minutes at Old Trafford but he misses the second leg through injury and has been replaced in the group by young defender Felix Garreta.