Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worried about long-term back injury for Victor Lindelof

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expressed his concerns for Manchester United star Victor Lindelof amid the defender’s long-term back injury.

The Red Devils boss is without the Swede for this weekend’s Premier League clash against West Brom.

The centre-back picked up the problem on the international break, playing in the 2-1 win against Croatia before being forced off in the 4-2 loss to France.

And the United boss has admitted that he is feeling concerned that the injury could stick around this season.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference on Friday, Solskjaer said: “We’ll have to check Victor tomorrow because his back is not great.

“He had it last season as well, and I think it’s more to do with when the games come thick and fast. I think when he gets a few days of extra recovery he should be alright.

“He felt really well and comfortable in the first game for Sweden, after the rest in the friendly game.

“Then he started feeling it again against France and the games are coming thick and fast. It is an issue that we have to manage but hopefully we don’t have to do any surgery or anything serious.”

Lindelof has not been able to help United stop conceding goals in their first fixtures this season, sitting 14th in the Premier League after eight games.

And the manger identified what has been missing from the team’s performances so far that has seen them already concede 14 league goals.

He said: “We’ve had four home games in the league. The first one we didn’t have any preparation and Palace deserved it.

“Then Anthony Martial did not deserve to be sent off against Tottenham but, after he was, they deserved the win.

“Then both the Chelsea and Arsenal games were very tight and if we had our fans might they might have sparked that little extra X Factor we needed.

“It's a different sensation playing in front of the Stretford End without fans, they usually score a goal for us.

“It's something we want to correct and hopefully we’ll get our first win against West Brom.”

Old Trafford has already suffered a hit, though, with a cyber-attack breaching the club’s “sensitive info”.

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