Lisandro Martinez is set to return to Manchester United’s squad for the Newcastle game

Lisandro Martinez is set to return to Manchester United’s squad for Wednesday’s Premier League clash against Newcastle United, manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed.

The 26-year-old has not played since United’s 1-1 draw at Brentford in March with a calf strain. The defender has been limited to just 11 appearances in all competitions due to a number of injuries throughout the season.

He endured almost four months on the sidelines after injuring his foot in September. Just four games into his return, he then picked up a knee injury during the 3–0 win against West Ham United.

The Ten Hag also confirmed that Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford will need to be assessed to determine their availability for the game at Old Trafford.

He said: “Licha Martinez, I think he will come back to the team. He had a few sessions with us. Everything goes well in training. For other players we have to see – Rashford, Bruno, Willy Kambwala – if they will be fit enough.”

Ten Hag also provided an update on the fitness of United defender Raphael Varane.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that the former France international will leave United at the end of the season.

He joined the Premier League club from Real Madrid three years ago and made 93 appearances, scoring two goals.

“We plan (with Varane), for sure,” Ten Hag added. “Not tomorrow but hopefully for Sunday (against Brighton) and the last game (FA Cup final against Manchester City).”

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