Solskjaer provides an update on Lindelof's injury

Saturday 26 December 2020 15:02

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof was forced off with an injury during the Premier League match against Leicester City on Boxing Day.

The Sweden international was named in the starting XI to make his 19th appearance of the season across all competitions, starting at right-back on this occasion in the absence of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Lindelof recently admitted he has been playing through the pain barrier to help the cause due to a back issue and that problem led to his premature exit at the King Power Stadium.

Victor was replaced by Axel Tuanzebe after 66 minutes and, after the 2-2 draw, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provided an update on his condition.

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“It is his back again I think,” the boss told us. “So we will just have to assess that one before Wolverhampton.

“Then again, Eric is fit now, Axel is fit, so of course we might have to look at that before Wolverhampton.

“We don't have time to worry about it. This time around, we have around 30 hours to prepare for this game and hopefully the players will use them wisely.”

In the post-match press conference, Solskjaer was asked again about Lindelof’s injury and said: “I don’t know how badly Victor is hurt now.

“Axel played really well at Everton, I have to say. It was his first game for a long while after a hamstring injury so I couldn’t risk him in a 12:30 kick-off in a full game. 

“Eric [Bailly] played really well. He’s been fitter for longer than Axel and, with [Jamie] Vardy’s pace as well, you’re always happy to have Eric in the team.

“Hopefully, Victor won’t be too bad and Aaron can recover very soon but, at the moment, Axel is now ready for Tuesday, if needed.”

 As the manager said, United are next in action against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening. 

That Premier League match is scheduled to start at 20:00 GMT and will be broadcast live on Amazon Prime Video.