Erik ten Hag says Lisandro Martinez’s knee injury “doesn’t look good” and the worried Manchester United boss is praying the centre-back avoids a “personal disaster”.
The 26-year-old looked terrified after being forced into just his fourth appearance since returning from four months out following a recurrence of a leg problem.
Martinez was surrounded by worried United team-mates in the second half after he went down behind his right knee and was tackled awkwardly by West Ham full-back Vladimir Coufal.
The Argentina international was able to carry on briefly but then picked himself up again and eventually trudged down the touchline to cheers from the Old Trafford faithful.
The Hag fears the worst and says “we can only pray” that Martinez, signed from former club Ajax in 2022, avoids serious injury.
“I can’t say (what the situation is) but it doesn’t look good so there are big concerns,” the United boss said after Sunday’s 3-0 win against the Hammers.
“But we have to wait for the diagnosis and then we can tell you more.
“Obviously we’re doing everything we can to get a proper diagnosis and find out what the damage is.
“He is very sad, very disappointed. We all are. We really feel for him.
“First of all, it’s a personal disaster when it’s really bad, but let’s wait and see what it is. But it’s also really bad for the team because he definitely brings a lot to us.”