Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Back Pain for Jose as Vic Is out for Month

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Back Pain for Jose as Vic Is out for Month

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UNITED V YOUNG BOYS OLD TRAFFORD, TONIGHT 8PM TV: LIVE ON BT SPORT bailly or jones set to replace injured lindelof

VICTOR Lindelof could be out for over a month after suffering a muscular injury in United's Premier League draw with Crystal Palace.

The defender returned from international duty with an injury and pulled up with a thigh strain towards the end of the goalless draw with Crystal Palace, but soldiered on and was hugged by Mourinho after the full-time whistle.

The 24-year-old has started the last seven games alongside Chris Smalling, but the Reds boss is set to recall Eric Bailly or Phil Jones to replace Lindelof for tonight's Champions League match against Young Boys at Old Trafford, since Marcos Rojo is also unavailable again due to injury.

Although Lindelof could return over the Christmas period, his absence is a blow and could intensify United's efforts to reinforce the central defence in the January transfer window.

"We have Bailly and Jones," Mourinho said. "Marcos Rojo has some little injury and Victor a proper injury that will keep him out for a while, so Jones, Smalling and Bailly are the three we have.

"He goes for the scan tomorrow but by the experience of the medical department and the feelings of the player he has a muscular problem and muscular problems take time.

"I would say if we have him for the Christmas period where we need, if possible, every player to be available for that difficult period until the next match on January 2. "If we can have everyone available for that period it will be good." Mourinho questioned his players' fight after Saturday's 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

It was in stark contrast to the amazing comeback against Juventus in Turin in their last Champions League game.

And that's what Mourinho wants to see against the Swiss tonight.

"When you see amazing things [in the comebacks], the players did that," Mourinho said. …

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