Henrikh Mkhitaryan has sent a message to supporters after picking up a hamstring injury during Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Saint Etienne in the Europa League.
The Armenian latched on to a sublime Juan Mata cross to poke home the game’s only goal after 15 minutes but limped off with a hamstring strain just ten minutes later.
The 27-year-old took to social media after the game, claiming that he had his “fingers crossed” for a speedy recovery.
— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) February 22, 2017
Man United fans will hope that Mkhitaryan’s early exit was of a strictly precautionary nature, but with Mourinho already ruling the Armenian out of the contest with Southampton one suspects that a frustrating spell on the sidelines could follow.
This was, after all, a hamstring injury – probably one of the more sinister injuries a footballer can receive, with recovery bound to be a lengthy process and relapses more than likely. Mkhitaryan may have his fingers crossed, but given Mourinho will take no chances when it comes to re-integrating the 28-year-old upon his return to full fitness.