Victor Lindelof has hinted he will battle through the pain barrier to play in Sweden’s two Nations League matches. The Manchester United defender played 90 minutes during the 3-1 win over Everton, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did admit he was suffering with a back injury.
Solskjaer bemoaned the hectic fixture schedule following the win at Goodison Park and hoped that some of his stars would have a well-earned rest during the international break.
“Give us another 24 hours or 26, 28 hours to recover and you’ll get a better game from us,” Solksjaer told MUTV.
“The first half was top. Get on the ball, play and the goals we scored were fantastic.
“In the second half they went into survival mode because they’re tired, they’re on their knees but fair play to them.
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“You could see, of course, Scott [McTominay], Fred, Victor didn’t play [on Wednesday], Juan [Mata] didn’t play the full game in Turkey. You could see they’ve got legs but the others were down on their knees.”
However, Lindelof has admitted that despite struggling for the last few weeks with his back, he is ready to play in Sweden’s matches against Croatia and France.
“The back feels okay,” Lindelof told Fotbollskanalen.
“I’ve been having problems for a few weeks. I’ve struggled through the matches there’s been. It’s nice that I got a few days off now where there has only been treatment and I really tried to rest.
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“It felt good in training today. Hopefully there should be no problems. If they want me to play, I will try to play and see how it feels. Then after that we will see how the back will be.”
United had blocked Lindelof from travelling to Denmark for this Wednesday’s friendly as a new strain of coronavirus has started to spread.
In a statement released by the Swedish FA, it was confirmed that players from England and Scotland were given special dispensation to not play in the game in Brondby.
The statement read: “Sweden’s five national team players from England and Scotland will not be available in the international match against Denmark due to quarantine rules. Instead, the players will join the national team gathering in Stockholm after the match.
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“The five players affected are Robin Olsen, Emil Krafth, Filip Helander, Victor Lindelof and Ken Sema. Due to the United Kingdom’s quarantine rules against Denmark, the quintet will not be released by their clubs to take part in the international match.
“If the players need to be quarantined for more than five days after the national team gathering, there is no requirement for the clubs to release the players. In this case, our players will not be released for the match against Denmark.
“However, the clubs will release the players for the other two matches, against Croatia and France, says Stefan Pettersson. Substitutes will be called in for the international match against Denmark.”
United will be looking to win their first home game of the Premier League season following the break, as struggling West Brom make the trip to Old Trafford.
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