Jose Mourinho admits Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney are injured for Saint Etienne clash

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones could miss the EFL Cup final against Southampton and has also ruled them out for the clash against Saint-Etienne on Wednesday.

Mourinho’s men face Southampton at Wembley on Sunday, with the squad also in the knockout rounds of the Europa League, in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and just outside of a Champions League qualification in the Premier League.

While he’s confirmed De Gea and Antonio Valencia were simply being rested during a busy schedule of fixtures, Mourinho has opened up about the chances of Rooney and Jones featuring.

David De Gea was rested,” he said.

“Rooney is injured. Phil Jones is injured. I don’t think they will recover (to play Saint-Etienne on Wednesday).

Antonio Valencia was rested but Rooney and Jones haven’t trained with the team yet so I don’t think they will be there for Wendesday.”

When Mourinho was asked whether Rooney will be fit for the EFL Cup final, Mourinho replied: “I don’t know.”

While Rooney may not have featured anyway as he’s endured a lesser role at Old Trafford, Jones would have been in the side if he was fit.

Hopes are they can both return to full fitness as soon as possible because there’s no doubt Mourinho will be looking to rotate his players.

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