Manchester United have just one more game before the second international break of the season gets underway.
The Red Devils head North to take on Newcastle United – and a loss here will really start the inquisition as to whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man for the job. After all, The Magpies are having their own struggles at the moment, though they often turn up for games against the 20-time Premier League champions.
Anyway, before that match, another player has been added to an ever-growing injury list as Solskjaer confirms that United star Jesse Lingard is ruled out of the Newcastle game with injury.
The England international came on as a late substitute against AZ Alkmaar and was seen hobbling off the pitch clutching his hamstring just a few minutes later…
“He tweaked his hamstring, so he didn’t feel like he could risk it. But hopefully it’s not too bad,” Solskjaer is quoted as saying by ManUtd.com.
“Probably not Newcastle, but [he should] be ready for Liverpool [in the Premier League on Sunday 20 October].”
Thankfully, it seems to have been a precautionary measure rather than a super serious hamstring issue, with the manager confirming he should be back for the crunch game against table-toppers Liverpool on October 20th.
After that stunning term Lingard had under Jose Mourinho, the attacking midfielder has taken a serious backwards step. I’m amongst his biggest supporters, but over the last six months, the Warrington-born Lingard hasn’t done anywhere near enough.
Perhaps these few weeks sidelined will give him some time to reflect and spur him on to come back hungrier than ever to prove he doubters wrong.
Get well soon, Jesse!