Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag confirms fresh blow as illness ravages camp before West Ham trip


Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed a fresh blow ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash against West Ham United. The Red Devils travel to the London Stadium looking to build on their positive point at Liverpool but could suffer the wrath of further availability woes.

United captain Bruno Fernandes returns to contention for the trip to the capital after missing the 0-0 draw at Anfield through suspension.

But Diogo Dalot is unavailable after his controversial stoppage-time red card last time out, and that's just the base of Ten Hag's worries.

The Dutchman has confirmed that Victor Lindelof won't return until the New Year alongside Harry Maguire, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Mason Mount and Tyrell Malacia.

Lindelof has undergone surgery and faces a further few weeks on the sidelines, adding to Ten Hag's injury frustrations.

"They [Martinez and Casemiro] are not available before Christmas. Mid-January, we expect them back," Ten Hag explained.

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"Mason Mount is similar, into January. Harry Maguire, I expect him early on [in the new year]. Victor Lindelof is not available. He has done surgery, so he will be out for a couple of weeks."

Christian Eriksen could be in line for a return to action after being spotted in training this week, stepping up his recovery from a knee injury that kept him out for over a month.

However, Ten Hag's problems don't stop at his mounting injury list. The United boss has confirmed that the squad has been struck by illness since the Liverpool stalemate.

Anthony Martial missed the trip to Merseyside due to illness. And despite handing his players a couple of days off this week due to their early Carabao Cup exit, Ten Hag's availability situation may have worsened.

He added: "We have some doubts. We have some illnesses during the week, so we have to see who is available for tomorrow. Hopefully, they will recover, but we have to see."

The Dutchman may be tempted to dip into the January transfer market to reinforce his ranks. But he played down those chances, backing the strength of his options once players return.

"The current squad, I am happy. As we get our players back, we have a good squad. I think a lot of our… the way it went, the reasons behind… many players not available," Ten Had said when asked about his January plans.

"When players are back - Casemiro will be back, Martinez will be back, Mason Mount will be back - we will be much stronger after the window."

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