Monday 22 January 2018

Injuries mount up for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered a nasty looking injury against Anderlecht
Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered a nasty looking injury against Anderlecht

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo's serious-looking injuries added to the issues Jose Mourinho has to contend with as Manchester United's season comes to a frantic end.

The Red Devils are through to the Europa League semi-finals and are still fighting for a top-four finish, but their squad has been hit by injuries to key players.

Here, Press Association Sport highlights the problems United are having to deal with.

JUAN MATA

Pre-season concerns that the Spaniard may struggle under his former Chelsea manager have been wide of the mark. Mata has impressed this season so it was a blow when he last month underwent surgery on a groin injury, with Mourinho saying the midfielder will be out until the "end of May".

PHIL JONES

The defender withdrew from last month's England squad with a foot injury that appeared to be sustained in a training ground duel with team-mate Chris Smalling. Mourinho hopes Jones will return earlier than his initial "mid-May" prognosis.

CHRIS SMALLING

Another casualty from England's March meet up. Smalling was spotted soon after with his right leg in a brace and, like Jones, his manager hopes to have the defender back from the knee injury before mid-May.

MARCOS ROJO

So impressive this season, the Argentina international left the field on a stretcher against Anderlecht on Thursday night after recovering from one challenge, only to go down again minutes later. The apparent knee injury saw Rojo limp heavily through the post-match mixed zone, but the defender said he was "okay". Mourinho does not share that optimism.

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC

United's top scorer hobbled after landing awkwardly just before extra-time against Anderlecht, with his right knee buckling on impact. Ibrahimovic hobbled off and Mourinho is not optimistic about the 35-year-old, who is undergoing tests to assess the severity of the injury.

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