Monday 26 June 2017

Manchester United issue update on the condition of Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Centre) is carried off the pitch in a stretcher after picking up an injury during the Premier League match at Old Trafford yesterday
Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Centre) is carried off the pitch in a stretcher after picking up an injury during the Premier League match at Old Trafford yesterday
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United’s medical staff are ‘hopeful’ of having midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan back in action for the club’s St Stephen’s Day game against Sunderland at Old Trafford.

Mkhitaryan was stretchered off in agony after he scored United’s winning goal in Sunday’s 1-0 victory against Tottenham and Old Trafford, amid fears that he may face a long spell on the sidelines after making his belated breakthrough into Jose Mourinho’s first team.

Yet the news emerging from United on Monday suggests the Armenian will be back in action swiftly, with his ankle not needing any surgery and time required to allow the swelling to subside.

The news will come as a boost to Mourinho, who has finally found a place in his team for Mkhitaryan after his troubled start to life at United following a high profile move from Borussia Dortmund last summer.

However, Juan Mata may now be in line for a first to the starting line-up for Wednesday’s game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, with United aiming to build some momentum after their most significant Premier League win of the campaign.

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