Henrikh Mkhitaryan has admitted that he is not yet certain whether he’ll be fit for Saturday’s derby clash with Manchester City.
The Armenian international was injured during a friendly game for his country against the Czech Republic last week and returned to Carrington in recent days in a bid to begin treatment on a thigh problem as early as possible and possibly be available for this weekend’s mouth-watering clash with the Red Devils’ local rivals.
However, in an Instagram post on Monday evening, the 27-year-old said he was disappointed to have missed his country’s 1-0 qualifying defeat to Denmark, revealing: “I’m not sure yet if I will be fit for the derby this weekend.”
We win & lose together..I’m very disappointed to have missed the game vs Denmark, but I’d like to thank the team for their hard work. I continue extensively my rehabilitation, but I’m not sure yet if I will be fit for the derby this weekend. I’m motivated as ever and plan to put all my energy to be in great shape as soon as possible…a simple devotion to what I love most – football! Thanks for sending me your love & support.
United supporters were very excited about the midfielder’s arrival from the Bundesliga during the summer transfer window, but life at Old Trafford started sluggishly for Mkhitaryan – being reduced to a number of appearances off the bench under José Mourihno’s command.
However, his impact, after coming on as a substitute, in the Premier League win over Hull City suggests there is plenty to come from the former Borussia Dortmund attacker, though he may well play no role at all this weekend.
Only time will tell…