Manchester United’s preparations for their home game against West Brom will now be well underway, with Jose Mourinho’s men desperate to get another win under their belts. However, things haven’t been made any easier by our injury situation.
Ahead of the eagerly anticipated return of the Red Devils following the international break, the self-proclaimed Special One met the media to discuss a variety of topics – including who’ll miss the game due to being on the treatment table.
Mourinho started off things by confirming that Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo are available after their long journeys back from South America.
“They are not with injuries that stop them to play. Tired? Yes, of course but ready to try to help us.” The manager told reporters, as per United’s official website.
Then, he was asked about the situation regarding Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, who are both injured. Our Portuguese manager confirmed that they are long-term casualties, which is a real hammer blow.
“They are long-term injuries.” Jose Mourinho said.
This could really pose a problem for Mourinho for the rest of the season, as obviously, we’re two bodies light all of the sudden – in a key area of the pitch, too.
The onus will now be on both Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo to try and keep themselves as fit and as fresh as possible, which won’t be easy given our hectic fixture schedule.
It will give them a good chance to be paired together and grow as a partnership though, which is great because I feel they are our best two centre-halves at this point in time.