Manchester United forward Rasmus Hojlund has withdrawn from the Denmark national team squad as Erik ten Hag’s injury crisis continues.
The Dutch manager was already without eight first-team players for their United’s match against Luton Town, which they narrowly won 1-0 thanks to an unlikely goalscorer in Victor Lindelof. Hojlund was substituted in the 79th minute after twice dropping to the ground in need of treatment.
Since making the move from Atalanta in the summer, the striker has been in fantastic form in the UEFA Champions League with five goals in four matches – no player in the competition has has more. However, the wait for his first Premier League goal continues as he was substituted against Luton following an apparent hamstring injury.
The Sporting News takes a look at the latest updates surrounding the 20-year-old’s availability and whether he will miss their away trip to Goodison Park on November 26.
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Hojlund, a £64 million ($78.3m) summer signing for United, could be seen clutching at his hamstring as he sought treatment late in the match against Luton.
Ten Hag was asked on Saturday about the injury to Hojlund, Ten Hag said: “In this moment I can’t say anything about it because I don’t know.
“We do an assessment but have to wait for 24 hours to see what the conclusion is. Give them, the medical [team], 24 hours to see what the problem is, if there is a problem.”
The duration of Hojlund’s absence with United is still uncertain. The team is set to return to action after the international break, facing Everton in the league.
His Denmark compatriot, Christian Eriksen, also left the Danish squad for the qualifying matches as he too was replaced during the Luton game. Eriksen, who has been keeping Mason Mount on the bench in recent games for United, was forced off due to a knee injury in the first half.
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Adding Hojlund and Eriksen to the injury list means United now have potentially nine players unavailable for selection when they return from the international break – eight of which are for injury reasons.
Jadon Sancho is still absent from the squad after his falling out with Ten Hag is yet to be resolved. He’s been training separately and is unavailable for selection.
Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw, Casemiro, Tyrell Malacia, Jonny Evans and Amad Diallo are all missing due to injury at the time of writing.
It is feared that Martinez and Casemiro will not be available until the new year, whereas Shaw and Malacia could be seen before Christmas if all goes well with their recoveries.