Jose Mourinho provides Man United injury update on striker ahead of EFL Cup final
The Manchester United manager discusses the fitness of Wayne Rooney ahead of their EFL Cup final
Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is unsure whether Wayne Rooney will be fit for Manchester United’s clash against Southampton in the EFL Cup final at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
The England captain sat out Manchester United’s 2-1 win against Championship side Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup fifth round at Ewood Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils have been reliant on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goals in recent months and the Swedish legend scored a second-half winner against Blackburn with 15 minutes to play.
Rooney has featured heavily in Manchester United’s cup competitions this term after the England striker failed to tie down a regular starting spot in Mourinho’s Premier League starting XI.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of Manchester United’s clash against Saint-Etienne in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 clash, Mourinho said on Rooney’s fitness:
“I don’t know. This morning was the first time he trained and didn’t even train 100 per cent with the group.
“You saw 15 mins open to the press and yes, he was doing the warming up and the basic things after warming up but then when the training session was higher in intensity he was not training. No chance for tomorrow, he is not here, he stayed back training, and let’s see for the weekend.”
Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League table and 11 points behind current leaders Chelsea.
The Red Devils were 3-2 aggregate winners against Hull City in the League Cup semi-final.