Jose Mourinho provides latest Man United injury update ahead of Swansea clash

Jose Mourinho gives the latest update on Manchester United's mounting injury crisis ahead of Sunday's clash with Swansea

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Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata Photo: BT Sport

Jose Mourinho has revealed that Paul Pogba should be back available for Manchester United’s clash with Celta Vigo next week, and that Juan Mata is closing in on a return to action.

Mata has been out injured since suffering a groin injury and requiring surgery to fit the problem, but the Red Devils are hopeful that the playmaker could make his return before the season is out.

Pogba, meanwhile, also missed Manchester United’s goalless draw with Manchester City in midweek and will not be ready for the visit of Swansea on Sunday afternoon.

However, the French midfielder is expected to be back for Manchester United’s clash with Celta Vigo in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Midfielder Marouane Fellaini is also out of Sunday’s clash with Swansea after his sending off against Manchester City last week. The long-term absentees are Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo.

Mourinho told his pre-match news conference: “I think the first one to be back is Mata, which gives us another option in attack but, in reality, what we need now is one of the two central defenders to be back.”

He added: “We’re arriving at an extreme situation where I think it must be unique in football with two cruciate ligament injuries in the same match.

“In my career, I had one player in 17 years [injuring his cruciate]. Now, against Anderlecht, I have two in one match and we are very unlucky, it’s the only thing we can say.

“The other small injuries – Pogba and [Antonio] Valencia in the last week – are injuries due to fatigue and the accumulation of matches, which is normal.”

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