Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has provided an update on the fitness of Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League outing versus Bournemouth.
Rojo sustained a nasty cut on his head during the first-half of the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City, but he was eventually subbed off at the break to be replaced by Victor Lindelof. Meanwhile, Jones was only an unused substitute in the same game, but Mourinho has hinted that the England international could make his first appearance since the November international break.
In the lead-up to the Cherries game, Mourinho said that he is unsure whether Rojo would take the playing field after he suffered a head wound which could restrict his participation. “He’s a brave guy. I don’t know how he is – let’s see if he can be ready for the match. But if he’s not ready, we have other alternatives to play.” he is quoted as saying on United’s official website.
However, there was good news in Jones’ case, and the manager is hopeful that the Englishman can now feature on a regular basis after having overcome a thigh injury which he has aggravated on international duty with the Three Lions, he added: “Phil Jones was already on the bench at the weekend. The injury is behind him and hopefully he can stay fit for the rest of the games.”
The weekend defeat saw United fall 11 points adrift of Manchester City at the top of the table, but the team has to remain optimistic of turning things around as they are still 22 more games left in the Premier League season. The Citizens have looked unbeatable in the Premier League to date, but it could yet change with the fatigue which could creep in during the festive period.