Lindelof granted leave by Man Utd after home burglary
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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof will miss Saturday’s Premier League clash with West Ham after his wife and children had to hide from burglars while the Sweden international contested a 3-1 win at Brentford on Wednesday .
United caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick said he allowed the player to miss training on Friday after the “traumatic” incident.
“He told me what really happened and that it was really a traumatic event, especially for his wife and even for the three-year-old son,” Rangnick said.
“He told me that he has to stay at home right now. He doesn’t want to leave his wife and family alone, which I can fully understand being a father of two myself.
“We agreed that he won’t be training today and he won’t be on duty tomorrow for the game either.”
Lidelof’s wife Maja revealed on social media that she locked herself in a room with the couple’s two children to avoid intruders.
“We are fine under the circumstances, but obviously this was a very traumatic and scary time for (me) and my grandchildren,” she posted on Instagram.
United said it supported Lindelof and urged anyone with information to come forward to police.
“His family, who were at home at the time, were unhurt but clearly shaken,” the club said in a statement.
“It was a painful experience for them, and for Victor when he found out after the game, and the club gives them their full support.”
Rangnick has revealed that Jadon Sancho may also miss the West Ham game on compassionate grounds after the death of a family member.
“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 decide if he will be available tomorrow.”
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