Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Victor Lindelof suffered a recurrence of the back injury he struggled with in recent weeks, and that is why he hobbled in Manchester United’s draw with Leicester.
The Sweden international recently admitted he was dealing a blow while a mainstay of the Red Devils’ starting XI this season.
Lindelof has only missed one league game for the club this campaign, playing the full 90 minutes in every other Premier League outing ahead of Boxing Day’s trip to King Power Stadium.
The 26-year-old started at right-back against the Foxes in Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s absence, although he was pulled out just past the hour after signaling to the bench that he was injured, and Solskjaer confirmed the hit was a recurrence of the back problem he’s struggling with.
“It’s still his back, I think,” Solskjaer said on the club’s official website. “So we’ll just have to assess that one before Wolverhampton.
Despite being potentially without one of his premier center-backs for the busy Christmas schedule, Solskjaer remained optimistic about his defensive options and insisted his side would be fully focused on their upcoming commitments in the league.
“Again, Eric [Bailly] is in good shape now, Axel [Tuanzebe] is in good shape, so of course we might have to look at that before Wolverhampton.
“We don’t have time to worry about it. This time around we have around 30 hours to prepare for this game and we hope the players put them to good use. “
Boxing Day 2-2 draw with Brendan Rodgers’ side allows United to score 27 points for the season, just four points behind Premier League champions Liverpool, who lead in first place.
United welcome Wolves Nuno Espirito Santo to Old Trafford on Tuesday before another home game on Friday against Aston Villa.