Victor Lindelof has had to wear a heart monitor for two days after he was forced off with breathing issues in Man United’s win at Norwich, reveals his wife, but ‘everything seems to be OK’ – and his club say it’s NOT linked to their Covid outbreak
- Victor Lindelof was forced off during Manchester United’s clash with Norwich
- The Swedish defender appeared to be clutching at his chest as he left the pitch
- His wife Maja Nilsson Lindelof has revealed he is currently on a heart monitor
- Man United have insisted the centre back’s health issues are not related to Covid
Victor Lindelof has been fitted with a heart monitor and undergone tests after suffering breathing difficulties, but Manchester United insist the defender’s condition is not linked to a Covid outbreak at the club.
Lindelof was taken off in the second half at Norwich on Saturday clutching his chest, and the 27-year-old’s wife Maja Nilsson on Tuesday admitted that the couple were left distressed by the episode at Carrow Road.
‘It was a scary match to watch and Victor was very cut up afterwards,’ she wrote on social media.
‘Yesterday he did a lot of tests and has a heart monitor on for two days to make sure everything is okay.
‘It was incredibly uncomfortable, especially when I did not get hold of him which I always manage to. It was a long time before I got hold of someone on the team who updated me.’
Maja Nilsson Lindelof (right) has revealed her husband Victor (left) appears to be ‘OK’ after suffering breathing difficulties on Saturday
The Man Utd defender is having his heart monitored following his health scare against Norwich
United also issued a statement on Lindelof to clarify that the incident is not thought to be linked to the spate of Covid infections that caused Tuesday night’s game at Brentford to be postponed.
It read: ‘Victor is currently undergoing a series of precautionary investigations.
‘However, he has recovered well from the episode he experienced in the match against Norwich.
‘All indications are that this is not linked to any Covid outbreak within the club.’
Worried United team-mates rushed to the Swedish defender’s aid when he dropped to his haunches under no pressure during the clash at Carrow Road on Saturday.
Maja (right) described the whole situation on Saturday evening as ‘incredibly uncomfortable
Medics also raced on to the pitch as the stricken Lindelof pointed to his chest, complaining that he was struggling to breathe.
One team-mate, David de Gea, said it brought memories of the Euros flooding back when Denmark’s Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 on the pitch as Denmark played Finland.
The Spain international also referenced Sergio Aguero, who is expected to announce his retirement this week after being diagnosed with a heart problem while playing for Barcelona.
‘We’ve seen some players who are feeling unwell,’ he told Sky Sports afterwards.
‘We’ve already seen Eriksen, Aguero, so it’s difficult to see your player acting like this. It was better to change. I hope he’s completely fine. The game, the football doesn’t matter. It’s life, to be safe.’
Man United players check in on Lindelof after he dropped to his haunches at Carrow Road
It was not the only incident in Europe’s top leagues this weekend either, with Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski also forced off with breathing problems during his side’s defeat by Empoli.
The two incidents at the weekend follow five high-profile cases of players collapsing in recent months. Cardiologists are calling for more regular screening for players, but insists the recent spate of health issues is purely coincidental.
First-team operations at United’s training base remained closed for a second day on Tuesday following their Covid outbreak, and Thursday’s Christmas dinner at Carrington has been cancelled.
At least one more member of staff called in to say they had tested positive for the virus on Tuesday following a number of confirmed infections.
They are understood to include several players from the Under 23s who trained with the senior squad on Sunday.
Despite the first-team shutdown, there were still more than 120 players and staff from United’s Under 23s, Under 18s and women’s teams at Carrington on Tuesday who belong to separate secure bubbles.
Ralf Rangnick’s squad had their training session cancelled on Monday due to the outbreak
Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski asked to come off after gesturing that he was struggling to breathe