Man Utd gives injury updates on Rasmus Hojlund and Lisandro Martinez ahead of the Tottenham clash

Martinez is leading the way as they prepare to face Tottenham.

The Red Devils initiated the new season with a 1-0 victory over Wolves in the previous weekend, secured through a header from Raphael Varane.

Yet, the win was far from convincing, as Wolves dominated the game for extended periods. The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) subsequently confirmed that Gary O’Neil’s team should have been awarded a penalty in the final moments of stoppage time.

Unfortunately, the newly acquired Hojlund was unable to participate due to an injury sustained during Atalanta’s pre-season.

The club has now issued an update on his recovery, disclosing that he is “putting in substantial effort.” However, it appears that Saturday’s match against Tottenham will likely arrive too early for his return.

An official statement from theclub websiteread: “Rasmus Hojlund is working hard to be in a position to make his debut after arriving from Atalanta but Saturday looks certain to come too soon for him.”

Erik ten Hag provided a more encouraging update on Martinez, though, who was withdrawn at half-time against Wolves after picking up a suspected knock.

When asked if Martinez is available during his pre-match press conference, Ten Hag replied: “He was just training [on Thursday], so I think so. Yeah.”

Other players who are expected to miss out include youngsters Amad Diallo and Kobbie Mainoo, who both picked up injuries during United’s pre-season tour of the United States.

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Goalkeeper Tom Heaton is also out for the the first few weeks of the campaign but Dean Henderson was fit enough to be on the bench against Wolves, deputising for Andre Onana.

Meanwhile, Anthony Martial is available to Ten Hag as an alternative to Marcus Rashford up front.

United also played a behind-closed-doors friendly with Everton on Tuesday to help improve match-fitness which Ten Hag explained proved “very helpful”.

“I think it’s very helpful to give players the minutes at the start of the season,” he said. “To come back to 90 minutes after pre-season. It’s not that we had a pre-season for six weeks. It was, more or less, four or five weeks.

“So we need such games to give all the players the opportunity to get into the season.”

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