Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez is injured and could be on the sidelines for a ‘long time’.
The Chilean forward sustained a hamstring injury in training on Thursday and is facing at least six weeks on the sidelines. Sanchez is ruled out of tonight’s Premier League fixture against Southampton and could miss as many as 10 games in the next month or so.
The 29-year-old forward will undergo a scan to determine the extent of the injury. However, Jose Mourinho is not optimistic of his return anytime soon.
Speaking at a press conference, Mourinho said, “No scans yet but the player is experienced, the player knows what the injury is and also from the top of my experience, just the painful scream and the way the injury happened, I know it’s going to be for a long time. It is not the little muscular injury that in one week or 10 days the player is ready.”
“For me and also for Alexis, the feelings before the scans is that the grade is different than the [Victor] Lindelof one and the Lindelof one was not an easy one so Alexis has what I used to call an aggressive muscular injury,” added Manchester United manager.
Manchester United head to Southampton seventh in the table and a chance to break back into the top six when they take on struggling Southampton. It’s not been easy last few weeks for Jose Mourinho, although his team registered win over Young Boys in UEFA Champions League midweek. Manchester United would want to make the most of the opportunity against a club that has downslide into the relegation zone with just eight points from 13 fixtures this season.
Southampton vs Manchester United Possible Lineups
Southampton – McCarthy (GK), Cedric, Hoedt, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Hojbjerg, Lemina, Redmond, Armstrong, Austin, Ings
Manchester United – De Gea (GK), Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Fellaini, Martial, Lukaku, Rashford