José Mourinho Confirms Trio Will Miss Saint-Étienne
Manchester United restart their UEFA Europa League campaign on Thursday when they play host to Saint-Étienne in the 1st leg of their round of 32 tie.
Prior to the game, José Mourinho has spoken to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and has given ManUtd.com a team news and injury update.
Mourinho was able to confirm that Marcos Rojo is fit having recovered from a knock picked up versus Leicester City earlier this month.
The defender was replaced at half-time versus the Premier League champions and subsequently missed last weekend’s 2-0 win over Watford. However, the United boss has confirmed that the Argentine is back in contention for tomorrow’s game.
There wasn’t such positive news regarding the fitness of Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Phil Jones however. The English trio have all been ruled out of facing the Ligue 1 opposition.
Rooney missed both matches versus Leicester and Watford with a knock whilst Carrick missed the same games with a minor muscular issue.
José Mourinho didn’t describe the pair as ‘injured’ but did say that he was not willing to risk them versus Saint-Étienne.
Fellow England international Phil Jones has not featured since injuring his foot in United’s 0-0 draw with Hull City to start the month and his earliest possible return will be against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup on Sunday.
Mourinho told the club’s official website:
“Marcos Rojo is totally recovered. We protected him at the weekend and now he is totally recovered. Carrick and Rooney, they appear with little things. I am not saying injuries because I don’t think we are speaking about injuries, but little things that I think are going to keep them out of the match tomorrow. Phil is still recovering from the injury.”
Marcos Rojo will be hoping to force his way back into the starting XI having impressed over the past couple of months while Eric Bailly is expected to keep his place at the back.
Carrick’s absence means we’re likely to see Paul Pogba deployed in a slightly deeper role in midfield alongside Ander Herrera.