Jose Mourinho is concerned at the worsening state of Manchester United’s injury crisis amid growing concerns that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not play again this year.
Thursday’s progress to the Europa League semi-finals came at a cost as both Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo suffered nasty-looking injuries during the 2-1 extra-time win over Anderlecht.
Rojo was taken off on a stretcher after seemingly sustaining a knee injury, and Ibrahimovic landed awkwardly just before the end of normal time in the quarter-final second leg.
The 35-year-old striker’s knee buckled, with reports on Friday evening suggesting he could be out until 2018 due to cruciate ligament damage, and Mourinho is fearing the worst when it comes to the injuries sustained by his top scorer and influential defender Rojo.
Both are being assessed to see how long they will join Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones on the sidelines for, but reports suggest Rojo has also suffered cruciate ligament damage and could be missing until September.
“We are in trouble,” Mourinho said yesterday. “We are in trouble.
“In this moment, Eric Bailly played six matches in a row, and we lost Marcos Rojo, we don’t have Jones or Smalling, we are in trouble and now we lose Zlatan too.
“But in attack, we have options and (Wayne) Rooney is coming, and let’s see if Mata can also return before the end of the season, let’s see what happens.”