Manchester United have been handed a major blow ahead of their crucial clash against West Ham United at Upton Park on Tuesday (10 May) after Anthony Martial picked up an injury before the match against Norwich City on Saturday (7 May). The striker has been a key player in United's recent resurgence which has seen them lose just two of their last ten games putting them in pole position to make it to the top four of the Premier League.
According to the Telegraph, the France international forward has failed to recover from a hamstring injury due to which he withdrew from the squad prior to their 1-0 win over the Canaries and is in a race to be fit for the final game against Bournemouth at Old Trafford on 15 May. Louis van Gaal, however, has not completely ruled out the striker for the trip to Upton Park, but hinted that he could be omitted as the manager was not keen to risk aggravating the injury.
"We have to wait. If his muscles are still tight I don't take any risks because he is a very important player. We don't want a rupture and that is very important for us," the Dutch manager said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
Meanwhile, Daley Blind and Marcus Rashford are likely to return to the starting lineup after being rested for their trip to Carrow Road, but Matteo Darmian remains a doubt after suffering an ankle injury in the same game. The Italian is likely to be replaced by Antonio Valencia or youngster Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who has played in the full back positions following his breakthrough into the first-team in recent months.
"Daley Blind and Marcus Rashford were rested at Carrow Road while Anthony Martial withdrew before the game due to injury. There must be major doubt over Matteo Darmian's participation after he hurt his ankle at the weekend while Marouane Fellaini is still suspended. Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger remain sidelined while Adnan Januzaj was back in the first-team squad after proving his fitness in the Under-21s' 1-0 win at Chelsea," a statement on United's official site read.
Van Gaal will be aware that his team will enter an emotionally charged Upton Park, as it is West Ham's last game at the famous old ground which has been their home since 1904. The Hammers are moving into the Olympic Stadium next season and will be keen to sign off with a win.