Lindelof’s Sweden absence explained ahead of Man Utd Premier League return

Victor Lindelof was left out of Sweden's defeat against Portugal due to fatigue.

The Manchester United defender will return to his club ahead of their Premier League opener against Crystal Palace in 10 days time.

Lindelof played in his country's reverse against France on Saturday but was left out for their Nations League clash in Stockholm on Tuesday night.

Sweden boss Janne Andersson confirmed though that his absence was nothing alarming with the 26-year-old seeking some rest.

He said: "He [Lindelöf] played with Manchester United up until a few weeks ago and joined us after vacation.

"He was tired. We talked beforehand about him only playing one game. After the game against France, he felt very worn down."

United have been allowed a later start date than the rest of the league having been involved in the latter stages of the Europa League.

The Red Devils were knocked out in the semi-finals by Sevilla on August 16 in Cologne.

It means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will have had just 34 days between finishing and starting the new season.

And United begin the campaign with three games inside seven days.

After hosting the Eagles at Old Trafford they will have a third round Carabao Cup game before a trip to Brighton.

Lindelof was a regular last term as he partnered Harry Maguire at the heart of United's defence.

But the Swede's starting berth may be put under pressure if, as has been reported, the Red Devils do add another centre-half.

Kalidou Koulibaly has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford with his Napoli days looking numbered.

Donny van de Beek is Solskjaer's only major new arrival thus far however with the club still chasing Jadon Sancho.

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