Jose Mourinho Reveals Quadruple Injury Boost Ahead Of Crucial Man City Clash

By on December 6, 2017

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Jose Mourinho has provided an injury update ahead of Manchester United’s crucial showdown with Manchester City at Old Trafford this weekend.

The United boss has confirmed that four of his first team players could be back in contention with Nemanja Matic, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic hoping to return.

Matic was forced off during United’s 4-2 win over Watford after suffering a muscle injury but returned to play the full ninety minutes against Arsenal at the Emirates last weekend.

The Serbian international was then ruled out of last night’s Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow and while Mourinho says the midfielder is still injured, he also confirmed Matic is set to play against City.

Fellaini hasn’t featured in recent weeks due to a knee injury but the Belgian international also has a ‘chance’ of returning to action this weekend which would be a boost for United considering Paul Pogba will start his three-game suspension.

Ibrahimovic recently made his comeback from a serious knee ligament injury but hasn’t played in the last two matches due to muscle fatigue but Mourinho suggests the striker will be back in contention against City.

The final player who could return to the squad this weekend is Jones as the centre-back also has a chance of recovering from a thigh injury that’s hampered him since last month’s international break.

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However, one piece of bad news for United is that Mourinho has confirmed that Eric Bailly will once again miss out against City as he continues to nurse a groin injury.

When asked for an injury update after last night’s win over CSKA, Mourinho provided the latest on his players while also taking a swipe at some of his rivals. He’s quoted as saying by the Mirror:

“You want the truth? What do you want?

“Eric Bailly has no chance for the weekend, Phil Jones a chance. Marouane Fellaini a chance, Zlatan a big chance.

“Nemanja Matic is injured but will play for sure. I’m telling the truth! It’s the truth. No stories of Lacazatte or David Silva. All the truth.

“Our opponents have all these issues. They have a big issue but, in the end, everybody is ready to play.

United head in to the weekend action sitting eight points adrift of leaders City so it’s vital they win the Manchester derby on Sunday in order to close that gap and get themselves right in the mix for the title.

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