Man Utd blow as Matic and Lukaku return early from international duty due to injury

MANCHESTER UNITED have been hit with a double injury blow after Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic were both forced out of international duty.

Lukaku and Matic have been sent back to Old Trafford by their national teams as they take the number of United players withdrawing to four.

Man Utd blow as Matic and Lukaku return early from international duty due to injuryGetty Images – Getty1 Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku have both pulled out of international duty through injury

Luke Shaw was forced to pull out of the England squad earlier this week through injury while Anthony Martial was also unable to link up with France.

So the news another two players will be reporting for treatment at Carrington will increase the concern for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Lukaku, 25, missed United's FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Wolves last week with a foot injury originally sustained in the Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain.

The striker linked up with the Belgium squad for their matches against Russia and Cyrprus in the hope he would recover in time.

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But after Belgium sent him for MRI scans it was revealed the issue has still not healed and that it would take at least a week to clear.

He was sent straight back to United for treatment, but that raises the threat of Lukaku not being available for the crunch clash with Watford on March 30.

United take on Javi Gracia's side desperate to get a win as they try to reclaim their place in the top four in the Premier League.

They are currently two points adrift of fourth-place Arsenal, but a slip-up against the Hornets could suddenly see a big gap open up between themselves and Champions League qualification.

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Matic's condition is also a concern, with Serbia deciding he was not fit enough to play their matches against Germany and Portugal.

The midfielder played in the defeat to Watford – his first game back after missing four through injury – and there are still concerns that he is not fully ready to play.

Martial has a knee injury, while Shaw has a thigh problem that means he misses England's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro.

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