Jose Mourinho has provided an injury update on his first-team players ahead of Saturday’s Premier League outing at Leicester City. Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mourinho confirmed that both Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick are unavailable for the festive period, and they are set to miss additional games versus Burnley, Southampton and Everton.
Aside from this, the Portuguese tactician revealed that both Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly are certain absentees with the latter having a surgery on an ankle problem, which has hampered him since the last international break.
“(Fellaini) is not available. Michael Carrick, (also) no. Asked whether he had a timescale on either midfielder. No, but not (available) for the Christmas period. Valencia is out, as you know. Eric Bailly is having surgery right now, or just finished or is still there. Who else? Nobody else, everything is OK,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
The defensive and midfield departments have seen plenty of injury concerns this term, but United are still well covered in the respective positions. The likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof can adequately perform the central defensive duties whilst Scott McTominay has been a good introduction to the United midfield, which possesses Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera.
Manchester United have dominated the play against Leicester City with three successive victories, and Mourinho will want a strong reply from his side at the King Power Stadium after they suffered a rather shocking 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bristol City in the League Cup quarter-final.