Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that as many as six players have been ruled out for the Premier League opener with injuries. United witnessed a disappointing end to the summer transfer window with not a single signing made over the past month and the Portuguese has now confirmed that a number of first-team regulars could miss the Friday night meeting versus Leicester City.
Speaking in the pre-match press conference, Mourinho confirmed that the likes of Sergio Romero (knee), Nemanja Matic (abdominal) and Diogo Dalot (knee) won’t play any part in the season opener after undergoing their respective surgeries earlier in the summer.
Aside from them, Marcos Rojo is sidelined for the fixture with a knock picked up on World Cup whilst Antonio Valencia (calf) and Ander Herrera are likewise in the treatment room with the latter picking up a hamstring problem in the 1-0 friendly loss to Bayern Munich.
Elsewhere, Mourinho suggested that he may not feature the likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard in the curtain raiser with the quintet having not earned sufficient practice following their respective World Cup breaks.
Anthony Martial is the other first-team regular, who could possibly miss the Foxes game after losing nearly 10 days of training for the birth of his second child. The Frenchman has been placed on a double training session but he is not deemed ready to face Claude Puel’s side.
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