Lisandro Martinez could sit out Argentina fixture over visa delays

Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez could be forced to sit out Argentina’s opening match of the international break.

Argentina are set to face Honduras at 1am on Saturday in the USA, and Martinez is having issues with his visa.

Argentine outlet TyC Sports report Martinez and Tottenham defender Cristian Romero do not currently have a visa to enter the US.

The paperwork was due to be approved, before the US embassy temporarily shut down after the Queen’s death.

This has left Martinez and Romero unable to join up with the 28-man Argentina squad, who are already starting work ahead of the upcoming friendlies.

The pair have now flown to Argentina in an attempt to sort out the paperwork in their homeland, with the objective of flying to Miami on Wednesday.

But even this could not be enough to feature against Honduras on Saturday. The earliest training session the pair could join is on Thursday, the final one before the match.

TyC Sports report it is more likely Martinez and Romero would come into consideration for the second fixture, against Jamaica on Wednesday at 1am.

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Delay may not work in Manchester United’s favour

From a Manchester United perspective, it would be better for Lisandro Martinez to start the first game and sit out the second one.

This would provide Martinez with more recovery time, to lead into a crucial Premier League fixture against Erling Haaland and Manchester City.

Instead, Martinez could end up playing the second game in the early hours of Wednesday morning (September 28), before flying back ahead of the derby.

United can only hope Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni manages his minutes sensibly and does not push Martinez to play all 90 minutes.

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