Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has provided an injury update on his squad ahead of the clash against Everton at Old Trafford on Tuesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Juan Mata was forced to undergo groin surgery last week, with no specific timescale given on his estimated return to fitness.
Paul Pogba also picked up a hamstring injury before the international break and has been left on the sidelines, however, he could return if he’s fit enough as he trained at Old Trafford following the West Bromwich Albion draw.
Speaking about his squad, Mourinho has given an update on the situation of his players.
“I think a long time,” he said.
“I think Mata, Jones and Smalling for a long time.
“Pogba I cannot say is ready for Tuesday because I don’t know but Pogba is not such a long-term injury as the others.”
Man United are now five points behind fouth-placed Manchester City in the Premier League, with a game in hand and they need to claim all three points against Everton to keep within touching distance of a Champions League qualification.
An injury crisis has come at the worst possible time for the club as they face their busiest schedule of fixtures and Mourinho will hope that none of his other players pick up any injuries.