Erik ten Hag does not expect Manchester United trio Anthony Martial, Antony, and Scott McTominay to be available for the Europa League play-off first leg against Barcelona next week.
The trio have been all but ruled out of Sunday’s reverse fixture with Leeds United in the Premier League and Ten Hag suggested they would all be unavailable for the European tie in Catalonia next week.
“I don’t expect but we have some days, obviously,” Ten Hag said of their possible return at Elland Road, “but I don’t expect it and if I can oversee it until now I don’t see any new problems coming up.
“Will they be back against Barcelona? I think the same answer. I can’t say for 100 percent but I don’t expect it.”
Martial has suffered a hip injury, Antony has a leg problem and McTominay has been absent for the last three games with an unspecified injury.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka could return from illness at Elland Road after he missed the midweek draw with Leeds but Casemiro is still suspended, Christian Eriksen is sidelined until late April with an ankle injury and Donny van de Beek is out for the remainder of the campaign with a knee injury.
Ten Hag acknowledged a taxing season where the World Cup was staged in November and December had increased the load on players but that Eriksen’s and Martial’s setbacks were unrelated to the Qatari finals.
“So if you see Christian Eriksen, you can’t see that as an impact from a tough season,” Ten Hag added, “but definitely, it’s a tough season with the World Cup in between and a lot of load, overload, from the players, that’s quite clear. That process is already longer term coming on, that the load on the players is too much.