Sweden boss Janne Andersson has warned Manchester United that Victor Lindelof will suffer a recurrence of his back injury if he keeps playing during the club’s relentless schedule.
Lindelof returned to United after the international break and played the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 win over West Brom on Saturday evening.
That followed on from his two appearances for Sweden during the international break, when he featured for the full game against Croatia and was withdrawn after 66 minutes against France.
Lindelof has played 15 times for club and country this season, but has been carrying a back complaint that saw him miss the Champions League defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir earlier this month.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been a vocal critic of the relentless demands on players this season, and has seen his own club lose several of their stars to injury.
Andersson feels the same, and says he’s surprised that even more players aren’t currently walking wounded.
“He basically plays Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday, Tuesday and so on, for as long as he wants,” the Swedish boss told local outlet Fotbollskanalen.
“And he had hardly any leave at all between the seasons now.
“That not more players have injuries… I am surprised. I am also surprised that there has not been more discussion and reasoning about it from a sporting and medical perspective.
“This is extremely tough for the players. And it’s not like they play against bad teams. These are very tough matches all the time.
“I really hope Victor can get his back in order. Injured players… it’s not fun. If he gets the chance to fully recover, we will see in the future.”
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