Jose Mourinho expects Henrikh Mkhitaryan to be fit for quarter-final with Chelsea

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho expects Henrikh Mkhitaryan to be fit to play against Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final on 13 March.

The Armenian was key in the previous win over Blackburn Rovers before he sustained a hamstring injury just moments after scoring the only goal of the Europa League tie at Saint-Etienne.

He’s since missed the EFL Cup final and was also left out for the Bournemouth clash at Old Trafford, as he still looks set to miss the European fixture at FC Rostov next Thursday.

Speaking about his recovery, Mourinho confirmed he should be back in action soon.

“Mkhitaryan is still out,” he said. “He didn’t recover in time for this game. I believe, during the next week, especially for the weekend [ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge], he will be fine and we don’t have major problems. Bastian has a little thing but, apart from that, everybody is fine.”

“I told them [the squad] already a player that is not even selected can start the next match and this is the reality. We have to go match after match. If we decide not to give a priority to any competition, as we’ve said every competition is important, we cannot choose this team to play this match and that team to play that one. We have to go match after match and make readjustments and try to be as strong as possible.”

It’ll be brilliant to have him back in action as he’s been our standout performer this season and we missed his creativity against Bournemouth.

Hopes are he has a smooth road to recovery as there’s no doubt he’ll be in the line-up if he’s fit to face Antonio Conte’s men.

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