Medical insider: Anthony Martial has 'severe' injury as new Man United details emerge
Anthony Martial has a “fairly severe” tendon injury and Man United will be particularly concerned if his absence stretches past the international break.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
Martial’s only appearance in 2022-23 came in the second half of August’s 2-1 win over Liverpool when he set up Marcus Rashford for what proved to be the deciding goal.
The Frenchman, 25, suffered an Achilles injury in that match.
As quoted by club media last Wednesday (7 September), Erik ten Hag revealed that Martial has not yet returned to training.
Injury analyst Dr Raj Brar suggested on Twitter last Thursday (8 September) that the attacker likely has Achilles tendinopathy.
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Dinnery claims that, while this particular injury does respond well to rest, United will be worried if there has been no improvement after the upcoming international break.
“It could potentially be a fairly severe injury,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams
“But we do know that it responds well to conservative treatment. With rest, you’d hope he responds well and the pain subsides.
“It does affect flexibility and strength. It’s a very painful condition. With the type of player, he is, with explosive, quick movements, you understand the potential ramifications of having decreased flexibility over the first five to 10 yards.
“Hopefully, a reduction in load will help facilitate a quicker return to play, but that isn’t always the case, You are beholden to the tendon.
“The international break gives us a two-week period to hopefully see him come back after that. If it stretches beyond that, it can be a bit of a concern.
“With scheduling at the moment, it might be something that has to be managed over the course of the season. The form of Marcus Rashford eases the pressure to bring him back too early from injury.”