Jose issues injury update – Mkhitaryan, Shaw fit

Date published: Friday 9th September 2016 1:41

Jose Mourinho has issued an injury update on his Manchester United squad ahead of the Manchester derby.

United host Manchester City on Saturday in the biggest game of this nascent Premier League season, with both sides boasting a perfect record after three games.

It was thought that Mourinho could be without up to seven of his players for the game at Old Trafford, but the manager has dismissed such fears.

The fitness of Henrikh Mkhitaryan was the main subject of debate throughout the week, with the midfielder suffering an injury on international duty for Armenia.

But Mourinho insists that the summer signing, who is yet to start a game for his new club, is fit, along with the rest of his teammates.

“He is available,” Mourinho told MUTV of Mkhitaryan. “I’m not saying he’s ready to play 90 minutes but he’s ready to try to help us.”

Luke Shaw was also a doubt ahead of the game after withdrawing from Sam Allardyce’s England squad last week, but Mourinho has confirmed that there are no injuries in his squad.

“It’s not the same as if we were here all week and working, resting and not travelling, but there are no injuries and everybody has returned safely and on time for at least one training session,” he said.

“Everybody is ready and wants to play, of course.”

We aren’t the only ones excited to see Mkhitaryan in action.

“Antonio Valencia was able to get one direct flight to Madrid,” Mourinho added. “Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo went around the globe, Venezuela, Argentina, Europe. Manchester City spent money to bring them on direct flight – or sent the owner’s plane. Our boys arrived this morning in time to train.”

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