Ibra's injury saddens Mourinho

13 January 2018 04:08:02 EST

Jose Mourinho thinks Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not be able to return to training until the beginning of February.

The 36-year-old suffered a serious knee injury nine months ago but was able to play a handful of games in November and December before suffering a setback which has sidelined him again.

Mourinho said of the veteran Swedish star: "Zlatan is injured, or is not totally happy with his condition. He fought like a tiger, like he likes to say, to be back, which he did.

"He was starting having minutes here and there, he had a start, he had 60 minutes of one game and started another one, and had 45 [minutes], and he was not happy with his feelings.

"The date for him to be back to training with the team was around the end of January or beginning of February, so let's hope his feelings are better and we have him as soon as possible."

United host Stoke City on Monday and could hand starts to Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick.

Valencia has not played since suffering an injury at West Brom on 17th December but Ashley Young is suspended.

Carrick has been out of action since the Carabao Cup victory against Burton Albion in September while Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly is not expected to be available again until the end of January.

United are 1/5 to beat the Potters on Monday and 13/2 to win the match 3-0.

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