Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof says he is still carrying a back injury that has caused him problems throughout the season.
The Swede has been Harry Maguire’s regular partner at the back this season but the ongoing issue has occasionally forced him to the sidelines to undergo treatment, missing Wednesday’s draw with Crystal Palace as a result.
Lindelof admits he has been struggling with his back this season but is hopeful however he will be available for Sunday’s Manchester derby.
‘Of course. It’s a big game, everyone wants to play in those games,’ Lindelof told United’s official website. ‘Yeah I’ve been struggling a bit with my back. I’ve been having it for the last couple of months.
‘I missed a few games as well and I am just trying to manage it in a good way. I missed a few games and I came back slowly. I played one game and then I got to rest again, it felt a bit better.
‘It started to come back a little bit but I’m just trying to manage it in a good way, do the recovery right and then treatment. [I’m] just trying to manage it in a good way.’
Lindelof admits the issue has forced him to play through the pain barrier this season as he continues to receive treatment for the issue but is determined to remain part of the starting XI on a regular basis.
‘I have been having these issues for the last couple of months but I’m still out there because I want to be playing, to help my team win games,’ he said.
‘That’s the most important thing for me. If I’m sore for a few days after it or in a bit of discomfort, that’s not a problem if the team wins.
‘That’s the most important thing and I just want to be out there to help the team.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer meanwhile is unsure if any of the players who missed the draw at Selhurst Park will be available for the trip to The Etihad.
Anthony Martial also missed the midweek stalemate, with Solskjaer telling a press conference on Friday: ‘We’re still hoping to get one or two back of course.
‘We can’t promise any of them being available that weren’t available in the last game against Palace.
‘So we’ll go with the same squad if not.’
Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek and Juan Mata also missed the trip to south London.