Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial was missing from their Europa League victory over Club Brugge on Thursday evening.
The forward wasn’t missed in the end, as United romped to the last 16 of the competition with a 5-0 victory, winning the tie 6-1 on aggregate.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed why Martial was missing at Old Trafford, as concerns grow around his fitness ahead of the weekend.
“I don’t know [how long he will be out for].” the United head coach commented, as reported by Sky Sports.
“He went off in training on Wednesday. He had treatment.
“He tried [to play] today to be fair. He reported and had a fitness test this morning but he was not [able to play].
“It is not his hamstring. It is his thigh, in and around the knee so I don’t know.”
Martial is a key figure for United, especially given the injury to Marcus Rashford which could rule the striker out for the remainder of the season.
The Frenchman has found the net in each of his last three appearances, with his total standing at 15 goals in all competitions this season.
Martial will be assessed further ahead of Sunday’s trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton, as United look to strengthen their chances of a top four finish.
The Red Devils may need to call on loan signing Odion Ighalo to fill the void left by their star man if he is sidelined at the weekend.
Ighalo was on the scoresheet for United in the comfortable win on Thursday night, and will be hoping to take that form into the Premier League.
Martial could also be replaced by United youngster Mason Greenwood, who has 12 goals in 35 appearances so far this season.
With the top four in their sights, Solksjaer will be hoping that the influential French forward will be fit to help fire the club towards a return to the Champions League.
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