Manchester United have been handed a double injury boost ahead of their FA Cup clash with Derby County on Friday as Jose Mourinho revealed that both Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku are available for selection.
“Romelu is back, Romelu is back,” Jose told MUTV on Thursday on the topic of star striker Romelu Lukaku’s availability.
Lukaku had been involved in a sickening, albeit accidental clash of heads with Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt early on in their Premier League clash on Saturday and had to be stretchered off with oxygen support.
“As I said it was not a concussion, it was a precaution, a protection for him. He wanted to play against Everton, but this time he is back,” the Portuguese added.
The United manager had positive updates on Marouane Fellaini (knee), Michael Carrick (heart problems) and Antonio Valencia (hamstring) as well.
“From the injured players, Fellaini is back,” Jose stated at the press conference ahead of Friday’s FA Cup clash with Derby County as he continued, “And Michael Carrick is back to training, not to competition, but is back to training with the team.”
“Antonio Valencia will be back to the team next week, so he is not playing tomorrow but will be back to the team next week. The situation is improving for us.”
Sergio Romero’s future at United has been the subject of speculation with the Argentine shot-stopper unhappy at his lack of playing-time this season, with the FIFA World Cup just six months away and Mourinho stated he would be starting the South American in goal ahead of David de Gea.
“And Romero’s going to be the Argentina goalkeeper in the World Cup in a few months, so for all what Romero means to us, Romero plays and I am going to play what I consider to be a very strong team,” Mourinho declared.