Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Anthony Martial will play no part in their clash against Premier League champions Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Martial suffered a concussion in United’s 3-1 defeat to Watford after a nasty collision of heads in the first half of the clash at Vicarage Road.
The Frenchman carried on playing, but a few minutes later, he lost the ball after a nasty challenge from Miguel Britos in the build up to Watford’s first goal, and looked dazed after the tackle. He could not continue, and was helped off the pitch by United’s medical staff while Ashley Young replaced him.
Mourinho said after the game that he had no idea about the nature of the injury, and only replaced the youngster because of advice from his assistants.
“I had to be on the game, at that time, and not worrying with Anthony,” Mourinho said. “I have not had time to see about the situation. It wasn’t an action to go to hospital.
“I didn’t know why he came off, whether he was injured in his knee, his ankle or his head. I just knew, in that moment, he was not in a condition to carry on. I just knew I had to change. I don’t know yet what happened.”
The forward subsequently missed United’s 3-1 win against League One opponents Northampton Town in the EFL Cup at the Sixfields Stadium, despite assuring fans on social media that he was ‘feeling better’.
Jose Mourinho has now confirmed that the 20-year-old will miss United’s Premier League clash against Leicester City at Old Trafford, after failing to fully recover from the injury. However, reports suggest that he will miss the game due to contusion in the calf and ankle area, and not the concussion.
Mourinho will be looking to end a run of two straight Premier League defeats against Leicester, after losing to Manchester City and Watford on the bounce.