Ralf Rangnick has confirmed Victor Lindelof will not play for Manchester United against West Ham after a burglary at his family’s home.
Lindelof’s wife, Maja, revealed there was a break-in at their house on Wednesday night while Lindelof was in London with the United squad for their 3-1 Premier League win at Brentford.
Maja Nilsson-Lindelof was at home with the couple’s two sons when the break-in occurred but they managed to hide in a room.
Rangnick spoke with Lindelof on the flight back from London and the pair discussed the traumatic event on Friday morning, when it was agreed Lindelof would remain with his family.
“I spoke with him at length on our flight back home from London and also this morning,” Rangnick explained. “We spoke for 20 or 25 minutes, he told me what actually happened, that this was a traumatic event, especially for his wife and three-year-old son.
“He said to me right now he needs to stay at home, he doesn’t want to leave his wife and family on their own, which I can fully understand, being a father of two children myself.
“We agreed he will not be on duty tomorrow for the game.”
Mrs Lindelof wrote on her Instagram page: “During Victor’s game this Wednesday night we had a break-in at our house in Manchester. I was home alone with both the kids but we managed to hide and lock ourselves in a room before they entered our house.
“We are okay under the circumstances, but it was obviously a very traumatic and scary moment for both me and my little kids.
“We are now in Sweden and are spending some time off with our families.
In a statement, United said: “We can confirm that a break-in occurred at Victor Lindelof’s house during the away game against Brentford.
“His family, who were at home at the time, were unhurt but clearly shaken. This was a distressing experience for them, and for Victor when he learned of it after the game, and the club is providing them with our full support.
“We encourage anyone with information about the crime to contact the police.”
Lindelof suffered an episode at Norwich last month and had to wear a heart monitor before he contracted Covid-19 in late December. In between, the Lindelofs’ youngest son, Francis, was treated in hospital for viral meningitis.