Christian Eriksen is said to be out of action until April, after being forced to leave Manchester United’s win over Reading.
The midfielder, who was tackled by Andy Carroll, left Old Trafford in tatters after Saturday’s 3-1 win and now looks set to miss out on much of United’s run.
“While investigations are ongoing, the first assessment shows that Eriksen will likely be out until the end of April or early May,” Man Utd announced on its official website.
The 30-year-old has been key for Man United coach Erik ten Hag this season, with seven assists and one goal in 19 Premier League appearances.
Ten Hag: Fred and Casemiro are a good partnership – but we will miss Eriksen’s quality in the final third
Speaking at a press conference ahead of United’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Nottingham Forest, Ten Hag explained that he has options to cover Eriksen’s absence – but admitted that the Dane’s talent is difficult to find. change attack sites.
“He was disappointed and we were disappointed, but it happens in high-level football, you have to deal with it,” said Ten Hag.
“We have midfielders, good players, who can fill the position. Each player has his own characteristics and his own identity. Eriksen brings to our team high quality, and some characteristics are difficult to replace, for example His quality is the third last.”
When asked about Fred playing a key role as United look for Eriksen’s replacement, Ten Hag said: “Fred plays with Casemiro in Brazil, that’s not the worst team in the world!
“They have a lot of choices to make but they prefer to play together. Fred can add a lot to the team, he has a lot of talent, and I think Casemiro and Fred are good partners.”
Carragher: Slap but Man Utd still in 4th place
Reacting to the news, Sky Sports Pundit Jamie Carragher says Eriksen will be missed by United, given the impact he has had in the middle of the park for them, but suggests they have the cover to continue the momentum that has pushed them to the Champions League.
“It’s a big blow because the midfield has been the biggest change for Man Utd this season, with Casemiro in, Eriksen next to him and Bruno Fernandes in front,” said Carragher. “Fred and Scott McTominay have been criticized a lot in the last two years. A lot of that has been difficult. Fred along with Casemiro – you’re talking about the Brazilian midfield.
“But Man Utd aren’t going to win the league, I don’t think they’re going to get out of the top four, so it won’t affect them as much in terms of where they finish this season, there’s something huge. the difference between them, Arsenal and Man City [and the rest]”
Carroll’s handling of the photos
Man Utd matches until the end of April
Man Utd vs Nottingham Forest – Carabao Cup, February 1 – live Sky Sports
Man Utd vs Crystal Palace – Premier League, February 4
Man Utd vs Leeds – Premier League, February 8
Leeds vs Man Utd – Premier League, February 12 – live Sky Sports
Barcelona vs Man Utd – Europa League, February 16
Man Utd vs Leicester – Premier League, February 19 – live Sky Sports
Man Utd vs Barcelona – Europa League, February 23
Man Utd vs Brentford – Premier League, February 26
Man Utd vs West Ham – FA Cup, March 1
Liverpool vs Man Utd – Premier League, March 5
Man Utd vs Southampton – Premier League, March 11
Brighton vs Man Utd – Premier League, March 19
Newcastle vs Man Utd – Premier League, April 1
Man Utd vs Everton – Premier League, April 8
Nottingham Forest vs Man Utd – Premier League, April 15
Man Utd vs Chelsea – Premier League, April 22
Tottenham vs Man Utd – Premier League, April 25
Man Utd vs Aston Villa – Premier League, April 29