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Manchester United injury problems mount as Hojlund and Eriksen withdraw from Denmark squad

Manchester United duo Rasmus Hojlund and Christian Eriksen have withdrawn from the Denmark squad for this month’s Euro 2024 qualifiers with injuries.

Eriksen was replaced by Mason Mount in the first half of United’s 1-0 Premier League win over Luton Town on Saturday, while £72million striker Hojlund was withdrawn late on and headed straight down the tunnel after appearing to sustain a knock.

United’s win over the Hatters – which arrived courtesy of Victor Lindelof’s second-half strike – sent the Red Devils into the international break sixth in the Premier League table after back-to-back victories, easing the pressure on boss Erik ten Hag.

However, Ten Hag now faces an anxious wait over the fitness of his Danish duo, with both Hojlund and Eriksen to miss their country’s upcoming games against Slovenia and Northern Ireland.

Hojlund has endured a mixed start to life at Old Trafford; while only Atletico Madrid’s Alvaro Morata has matched his tally of five Champions League goals this season, he has yet to find the net in nine Premier League appearances.

Asked about Hojlund’s condition in his post-match press conference on Saturday, Ten Hag said: “In this moment, I can’t tell you anything about it because I don’t know.

“We’ll do an assessment, and we have to wait 24 hours for the conclusion. So we’ll give the medical team 24 hours to see what the problem is, if there is a problem.

“You don’t want to miss any player. There’s also Christian Eriksen. That is our season at this moment, we have so many injuries. But, therefore, you have a squad.

“We have talked about it many times. But hopefully, players are coming back and those new injuries are not too bad.”

Ten Hag has had to battle a lengthy injury list this season. While defenders Raphael Varane and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have returned to the fold in recent weeks, the likes of Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw, Casemiro, Tyrell Malacia, Jonny Evans and Amad Diallo are all currently sidelined.

United resume their up-and-down Premier League campaign with a trip to Goodison Park to face Everton after the international break, before heading to Turkey for a huge Champions League tussle with Galatasaray.

Harry Carr
Harry Carr
Harry is a freelance sports journalist with experience of working for the Racing Post, Stats Perform, Opta Analyst and more, covering major events across all sports but holding a particular love for the beautiful game.
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