Manchester United face more injury misfortune as forward Anthony Martial trains alone during the France camp due to a back problem … and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces the prospect of being left without Frenchman Marcus Rashford AND Mason Greenwood for West Brom
- Manchester United could be forced to play at West Brom without Anthony Martial
- He did not participate in a French training session on Monday due to a back injury
- Martial could also be excluded from the Nations League game against Sweden
- Martial will undergo an individual session to assess whether he will be fit to play
- The result could see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer without three of his best players
Manchester United could do without Anthony Martial after the French striker injured his back on an international mission.
Martial did not participate in the France team’s training session on Monday due to a back complaint and could miss the opportunity to face Sweden on Tuesday night.
It is believed that Martial will undergo a one-on-one session to assess whether he will be able to participate in the Group A3 game which will take place at the Stade de France.
Anthony Martial (above) did not participate in a French training session due to a back injury
Martial started for Didier Deschamps’ side in their 1-0 win over Portugal, but was substituted in the 78th minute.
The news is a blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – who cannot afford to lose another game after slipping to 14th in the league after seven matches.
Martial was due to return from his international duties to take part in United’s Premier League encounter with West Brom on Saturday.
However, Martial could be forced to join Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood on Solskjaer’s growing injury bench.
Rashford has been ruled out with a shoulder injury he sustained in United’s vital 3-1 win over Everton earlier in the month.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (above) could be forced to play West Brom without striker Martial
Rashford could be ruled out with shoulder injury, Greenwood reportedly ill
Rashford was also forced to withdraw from Gareth Southgate’s England squad due to his injury, but he is said to be back in 50% of his physical form.
Greenwood’s participation in Saturday’s game with West Brom would have been difficult due to the illness. The youngster is said to be around 75% fit for the game.
As a result, Solskjaer may have to rely on Edinson Cavani – who came off the bench to score United’s last goal in their clash with Everton on November 7.
As for Didier Deschamp, he could be forced to line up a weaker front line than he would have expected for their match against Sweden.
Deschamps has yet to say whether Kylian Mbappe will take part in the Ligue des Bleus game against Sweden.
Mbappe was excluded from their match against Portugal due to a thigh strain he suffered against Nantes on October 31.
Didier Deschamp could line up a weaker front line than he would have liked against Sweden
In the event of Martial and Mbappe’s absence, the responsibility could lie with Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud
If Martial and Mbappe were out against Sweden, the blame could fall on Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud.
Giroud has been the subject of much conversation in recent weeks, with Deschamps urging the country’s second-highest scorer to seek a move if he is to improve his chances of adding a possible Euro 2020 title to his World Cup crown 2018.
The 34-year-old forward has only made one start under Frank Lampard this season, playing a total of just 33 minutes in the Premier League.