Manchester United’s injury woes have grown with the announcement that Juan Mata has undergone a surgery on a groin problem, and will join defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones on the sidelines. The club have not said how long the midfielder will be missing, but it is expected it won’t be a short-term solution.
However, United boss Jose Mourinho has stated that 25-year-old central defender Phil Jones is out with a toe injury that occurred during a training ground accident, and fellow defender 27-year-old Chris Smalling, who has been seen with a knee brace, will both be out “long term”
Another possible long term injury could be Paul Pogba, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and when questioned over his possible return, Mourinho stated “I have no idea”
Add this to the suspensions of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera, and Manchester United are looking stretched with a hectic schedule ahead of them.
On the plus side, the Red Devils are able to welcome back club captain and record goal scorer Wayne Rooney for today’s game against West Bromwich. The 31-year-old striker has missed United’s last 4 games as well as the recent Internationals with a knee injury.
United currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League, four points behind 4th place Liverpool with two games in hand. They are also still involved in the Europa Cup, with a two-legged Quarter Final against Belgium side Anderlecht over the next month.