Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof will miss Saturday’s Premier League clash against West Ham after his wife and children had to hide from robbers as the Sweden international played in a 3-1 win at Brentford on Wednesday. United caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick said he had given the player permission to miss Friday training after the “traumatic” incident. “He told me what really happened and that this was a really traumatic event, especially for his wife and even his three-year-old son,” Rangnick said.
“He told me that right now he needs to stay home. He doesn’t want to leave his wife and his family alone, which I can fully understand being a father of two.”
“We agreed that he will not train today and he will not be on duty tomorrow for the game either.”
Lidelof’s wife, Maja, revealed on social media that she had locked herself in a room with the couple’s two children to avoid intruders.
“We’re fine under the circumstances, but it was obviously a very traumatic and scary time for both myself and my young children,” she posted on Instagram.
United said they were supporting Lindelof and urged anyone with information to come forward to police.
“His family, who were at home at the time, were uninjured but clearly shaken,” the club said in a statement.
“It was a harrowing experience for them, and for Victor when he found out after the game, and the club is giving them our full support.”
Rangnick revealed that Jadon Sancho could also miss the West Ham game on compassionate grounds after the death of a family member.
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“He was an important member of the family, someone he was very close to all his life,” added the German.
“I have to wait and see, talk to him before and after training and then make a decision if he will be available for tomorrow.”