Jose Mourinho delivers Ander Herrera update ahead of Man United v Chelsea FC

Jose Mourinho believes that Ander Herrera is set to be out of action for Man United's clash with Chelsea FC

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera Photo: UEFA / Handout

Jose Mourinho has suggested that Ander Herrera will be out of action for some time after having suffered a “bad injury” during Manchester United’s clash with Sevilla on Wednesday night.

The Spanish midfielder started the game in his native homeland but he was forced off in the first half after picking up a knock.

The precise extent of the injury remains to be seen, but Mourinho has appeared to indicate that he definitely won’t be fit to face Chelsea FC in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking at his post-match news conference after Wednesday’s game, Mourinho said: “I think it’s a bad injury.

“The medical department gave [pronounced] him fully fit on Saturday. He trained on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and looked fit. The way he was playing during the time he was on the pitch, he showed the intensity that is only possible when you are fit.

“He pressed a lot, really high; we started the match not giving one inch to [Ever] Banega.

“Then it was a backheel that created a contraction in the muscular area where he had the previous problem.”

Manchester United now switch their attentions back towards their crunch clash with Chelsea FC at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

The 28-year-old Herrera has made one assist in 19 Premier League games so far this season, but he has only started eight of those matches.

The Red Devils head into the game in second place in the Premier League table as they bid to try and at least finish in the top four in Mourinho’s second campaign in charge.

Chelsea FC, meanwhile, warmed up for their trip to Old Trafford by playing out a 1-1 draw with FC Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash on Tuesday night.

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