Jose Mourinho’s fears that some of his players may return with injuries during the international break has proved true as midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan suffered a head injury playing for Armenia against Czech Republic.
The former Borussia Dortmund star is now a doubt for this month’s Manchester derby against Manchester City, according to reports.
Mkhitaryan was taken off in Armenia’s 3-0 defeat to the Czech Republic on Wednesday, as he was involved in a collision with Marek Sukhy and was replaced in the first half of the match.
Mourinho will now be hoping the injury to the 27-year isn’t serious, ahead of the first Manchester derby of the season.
Reacting to the international break, Mourinho told MUTV: “We keep eight outfield players and Sam Johnstone as the goalkeeper.
“We are going to lose the others and we don’t know the way they train, the way they recover, the life they are going to have with their national teams.’
Mkhitaryan is yet to start for United this season, but was impressive as he came off the bench in the last-gasp 1-0 win over Hull City last weekend.