Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera could find himself out of action until April.
The Spaniard limped off with a muscle injury after only 15 minutes of his side’s Champions League stalemate at Sevilla in midweek, and Jose Mourinho sounded less than positive as to when Herrera would be able to return to action.
Speaking to the media on Friday ahead of Man United’s Premier League fixture with Chelsea, Mourinho was unable to put a definite date for Herrera’s comeback but claimed that it could be up to six weeks before he can return:
“Ander is out. I don’t know the final diagnosis but I know he’ll be out for a few weeks. I don’t know how many is a few – two, three, four, five, six weeks – I don’t know, but a few weeks, for sure.”
Mourinho had previously suggested that Herrera had a “bad injury” as a result of Wednesday’s clash, and that the medical staff acted in error in passing him fit for last week’s FA Cup game against Huddersfield.
It could be some time before Herrera can return to action, potentially ruling him out of vital Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup matches.
Although his league starts this season have been a bit more sporadic that he would have liked, it could also have consequences for Mourinho’s tactics, limiting the manager’s options for playing a three-man midfield unless he chooses to risk the veteran Michael Carrick or raw Scott McTominay for extended periods of time.
Mourinho will also be without Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini, Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Sunday’s meeting with Chelsea at Old Trafford.
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