Jose Mourinho reveals full extent of Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s injury and confirms return date

by Tanveer Arayan

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will return to action as early as Boxing Day.

He had struggled to establish himself in the first-team following his summer move from Borussia Dortmund, but has returned in perfect fashion, contributing two goals and two assists in his last four games.

Mkhitaryan scored his first Europa League goal against Zorya on Thursday night and followed up with his first Premier League goal in Sunday’s 1-0 over Tottenham.

Speaking about his injury, Mourinho confirmed his return date and that he will not require surgery.

“We don’t think it’s a serious injury. We don’t think maybe Henrikh can play for a week. I was afraid it was serious but looks like it’s not. He does not need surgery,” he said.

“Maximum a couple of weeks. It doesn’t look like something that is very dangerous or difficult. He brings everything I want an attacker to play. Maybe one week out and it is better to be fresh for Boxing Day.”

His afternoon took a turn for the worse following a challenge from Danny Rose which forced him off the pitch and it seems it won’t be long until he’s back in action.

He’s been one of our best performers so far and won’t be able to play in Man United’s game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday, but could be back to face Sunderland at Old Trafford.

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