Deschamps eases Man Utd fears over Martial's knee injury on France duty

Deschamps eases Man Utd fears over Martial's knee injury on France duty

Didier Deschamps has eased Manchester United's fears over Anthony Martial's injury on France duty.

The winger was forced off in the 59th minute of France's 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory against Kazakhstan on Sunday with a knee problem.

Martial looked set to miss out on his side's qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina tonight, making him a doubt for United's clash against Brighton.

But France boss Deschamps has said the injury is not serious and that he could play this evening.

'Anthony has a small issue on his knee. Nothing is decided yet [as to whether he can play against Bosnia-Herzegovina],' he said.

'He won’t be taking part in the training session a bit later. We’ll see tomorrow (Wednesday). Anything serious has been dismissed.

'We’ve run some tests, but there’s still the pain, and having travelled as long as we have, that hasn’t helped.'

Martial started France's victory on Sunday and provided the assist for Ousmane Dembele's opening goal in the 19th minute.

He received a pass from Paul Pogba on the turn and dragged Kazakhstan's defenders out of position, before laying off for Dembele to smash home.

The United forward almost got a goal of his own in the 43rd minute when he tried to get onto the end of a Thomas Lemar cross with a stooping header, only for Serhiy Malyi to produce an incredible clearance.

Martial was replaced by Kylian Mbappe just before the hour-mark after being given treatment for a knee problem.

The winger has only just returned from a hip injury which kept him out for four United games this month.

But Deschamps's update will give the Red Devils hope he can feature in their crucial Premier League match against Brighton on Sunday.

Martial has played a crucial role in United's season with seven goals and eight assists in all competitions.

United are second in the table with eight games left to play, just a point above third-placed Leicester. They face Granada in the Europa League quarter-finals next week.

France are top of their World Cup qualifying group with four points after their first two fixtures but could only manage a 1-1 draw with Ukraine in their opening match.

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