Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has revealed defender Chris Smalling might not recover in time to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The England international was withdrawn at half-time during their Europa League clash with Fenerbache on Thursday, October 20 and the Portuguese manager is hoping he recovers ahead of the match against the Blues.
Chris Smalling is doutbful for the tie against Chelsea
“He was not okay. He had a bad muscular feeling and because the result was good we made the decision to change it but hopefully he will recover,” Mourinho told United’s official site when asked about Smalling’s substitution at half-time.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also a doubt for the clash against Antonio Conte’s side on Sunday, October 23, after he was omitted from the squad that faced the Turkish club.
The Armenian captain was deemed fit ahead of United’s clash against Liverpool and also missed out in their Europa Legaue match.
Mkhitaryan could also miss the tie against Chelsea as he was left out of the squad that face Fenerbache
“The situation is that we played with Lingard, with Mata and Martial. I am not an Einstein, I don’t know a tactical system to play with four wingers at the same time. He has to work more to get the intensity and the real fitness to play at the high level,” Mourinho said when asked about Mkhitaryan’s continued absence, as quoted on United’s official site.
Mourinho will be making a return to the London club he once loved to battle his opposite number Conte for the first time at Stamford Bridge in a Premier League match.