Manchester United are sweating over the fitness of their star forward Anthony Martial, who suffered an ankle injury last night during the friendly against England. Martial played 67 minutes and had to be replaced by Antoine Griezmann. To make the injury even severe, Martial left the Wembley stadium on crutches, as reported by PA.
The 19-year old attacker will have a scan later today to determine the nature and extent of his injury and whether, he will be a part of United team to take on Watford this weekend. Martial has been Manchester United’s best player this season adding speed and creativity going forward. French striker/winger has already netted 3 league goals and laid on two assists for his teammates.
Image – Martial leaving Wembley on Crutches
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France manager Didier Deschamps elaborated on Martial’s injury and the former World Cup winner clearly said that Martial was in a lot of pain. Crutches were precautionary measures for now to ensure that the injury does not go rogue in coming hours. Deschamps said: “He was in quite a bit of pain after the match, He got a kick in the penalty area. I think it’s just a knock rather than anything else to the top of his foot.”
Manchester United would hope, Deschamps is right about this one being just a knock as Martial is key to Louis Van Gaal’s plans this season. Apart from Martial’s injury, Wembley was quite the spectacle last night as England and France players put up a show worth admiring. The game took time in taking off but a wonder striker from the debutante Dele Alli did just that.
Alli’s wonderful strike was followed by Wayne Rooney’s splendid volley to seal the game for home side with a 2-0 scoreline. Rooney’s performance on the night was worth admiring, albeit the game was played at a less fanatic pace, but his touches were sublime at times. French national team were given a resounding reception from the minute they came on to train to the minute they left the pitch. It was certainly a moment to savor for the game of football after the terror strikes in Paris earlier and then in Hannover last night.
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