Speaking to Mantud.com (h/t MEN), Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof opened up about having had to play through the season carrying a back injury. The Swede remains optimistic that his chronic back problem won’t hamper his chances of playing in the weekend’s Manchester Derby.
Lindelof sat out the game against Crystal Palace and was not risked as Eric Bailly deputised well in his stead. The Ivorian performed well alongside Maguire as United kept another clean sheet after the one against Chelsea.
However, with such an important top of the table clash coming up, Lindelof wants to play in that game.
“Of course. It’s a big game, everyone wants to play in those games. 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 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.”
The Swede also spoke about playing through despite carrying that injury because he wants to play if it’s for the good of the side. United have occasionally given Lindelof an odd game off so as to manage his situation a bit.
The central defender has been plagued with this back injury for months now. But with games coming thick and fast, the club haven’t been able to give him an extended time off to recover. It hasn’t been helped by the fact that Eric Bailly is also injury prone and has suffered a few this season as well.
While it is good to see the commitment from Lindelof, United need to find a solution for the same. They cannot have their first-choice defenders out with so many vital games to come, starting with Manchester City on Sunday.