In a recent development at Old Trafford, Manchester United’s midfielder Sofyan Amrabat had to make an early exit from the Morocco team due to an injury, as reported by Moroccan news source Al Ayam. The player’s absence was notably felt in the recent 3-0 triumph against Liberia.
On being questioned about the impact of the midfielder’s absence, Morocco’s head coach Walid Regragui responded, “We were aware of Amrabat’s absence ahead of the training sessions. Injuries can occur. It’s essential for us to find alternatives, and fortunately, we have talents that can step in for Sofyan.”
This isn’t the first time Amrabat has faced injury issues. Just last month, The Athletic disclosed that a back problem was identified during his medical check-up with United. The player, who transferred from Fiorentina to United on a loan, costing the club an £8 million fee, has had five outings in the Red jersey, primarily covering the left-back position.
This setback is another blow to Erik ten Hag’s squad, which is already grappling with an injury crisis as they gear up for their Premier League clash against Sheffield United. The growing list includes Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, Amad Diallo, Lisandro Martinez, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Raphael Varane and new recruits Rasmus Hojlund and Mason Mount have also been sidelined due to fitness concerns, although the latter two are on the road to recovery.
However, Ten Hag can take solace in Casemiro’s availability for the upcoming Sheffield match after his recent play against Uruguay. The Brazilian midfielder, despite sustaining an ankle injury during Brazil’s tie against Venezuela, has returned to the training sessions.
An investigation into the root cause of these frequent injuries was highlighted by Mail Sport. The report shed light on the club’s endeavors to uncover any underlying patterns as 16 players have been sidelined, preventing Ten Hag from fielding his primary team even once this season.
These injuries have significantly impacted United’s performance, registering four victories and four losses in their first eight Premier League games. Their Champions League journey has also been rocky with losses to Bayern Munich and Galatasaray. Yet, a glimmer of hope shines as they advance in the Carabao Cup, with a fixture against Newcastle on the horizon.
Following their encounter with Sheffield United, the Red Devils will be hosting Copenhagen and later, the much-awaited match against Manchester City awaits.