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Anthony Martial out for ten weeks after groin surgery

Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial, a forward for Manchester United, will not be available until April following surgery for a groin injury.

The 28-year-old, whose contract expires this summer, has only made 19 appearances for Old Trafford and scored two goals in another chaotic season.

Since his substitution in the 3-0 home loss to Bournemouth on December 9, Martial has not appeared for United. The club has since disclosed that he will be sidelined for an extended period of time.

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“Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has completed successful surgery to address a groin complaint and will be out of action for about 10 weeks as he rehabilitates,” the Premier League outfit said in a statement.

“We hope Anthony recovers quickly and we’re excited to have him back.”

For a player who appears certain to depart Old Trafford in the summer after the team elected not to exercise the option to extend his contract by an additional year, this is just the most recent in a long string of setbacks.

Despite having a stellar start to his United career—90 goals in 317 appearances across all competitions—Martial has fallen short of his promise since coming from Monaco in 2015.

Given the Frenchman’s confirmed 10-week layoff, Old Trafford may adopt a different strategy for the January transfer window.

Rasmus Hojlund and Marcus Rashford are United’s sole alternatives through the middle, although the team has been emphasizing streamlining more than additions this month due to Martial’s absence.

Similar to how they did with Odion Ighalo in 2020, United strengthened their attacking options this time last year by bringing in Wout Weghorst on loan from Burnley for the duration of the campaign.

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As the British billionaire is ready to take over football operations as part of his minority ownership, the club will need to get permission from Sir Jim Ratcliffe before making any changes to their January transfer strategy.

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