Man Utd Boss Confirms Triple Injury Blow Ahead Of Man City But Duo Passed Fit
Jose Mourinho has confirmed a triple blow ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Manchester City but two other players have been passed fit.
Manchester United will look to continue their push for the top four when they take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow night.
Ahead of the game, Jose Mourinho has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s offered a team news and injury update.
The Red Devils boss has confirmed a major injury blow with the news that Paul Pogba has been ruled out of the derby after picking up a muscle problem against Burnley on Sunday.
Pogba limped off in injury time during the 2-0 win at Turf Moor having previously played the full 120 minutes against Andelecht three days earlier and it seems the midfielder has now picked up a knock which will keep him out of the City game.
In a triple blow, Mourinho also revealed that Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are still out through injury leaving him with limited options in defence.
The Portuguese coach had hoped at least one of the centre-backs would be fit to face City but they’ve both declared themselves unavailable for selection so Mourinho has little choice but to stick with Daley Blind alongside Eric Bailly at the back.
However, there was better news regarding the fitness of Ander Herrera as the midfielder is fit after picking up a minor ankle injury against Burnley at the weekend.
Mourinho also revealed that Antonio Valencia is available for selection after missing the trip to Turf Moor at the weekend so the Ecuadorian international is expected to be restored at right-back.
Jose Mourinho has ruled Paul Pogba out of the Manchester derby tomorrow. Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera fit. No Smalling or Jones.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) April 26, 2017
United will continue to be without Juan Mata as he recovers from groin surgery while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo won’t play again this season due to serious knee ligament injuries.
The Reds head to the Etihad tomorrow night sitting just one point behind City in the table so the result will have a huge say in which club finishes in the top four this season.