MOURINHO HOPEFUL LINGARD WILL BE BACK FOR CHELSEA CLASH

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard hasn’t featured for the club since the EFL Cup defeat to Derby County last month due to injury, as he has been injured due to inflammation of the groin.

The 25-year-old has missed United’s last three games as he underwent treatment from the groin injury – and he is also unavailable for selection for England’s Nations League games against Croatia and Spain.

United’s medical staff believes the England international needed rest to fully recover from the injury, an issue that occurred during pre-season.

It is believed that a two-week period of recuperation will be enough for Lingard to recover from the groin injury, and it is now expected that Lingard could resume after the international break, as United will be away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

After the Chelsea game, United have back-to-back games against Juventus in the Champions League and what follows is the Manchester derby before the next international break.

Nemanja Matic is also having injury issues and is a doubt to face his former side, Chelsea. Matic had to withdraw from Serbia’s squad due to an unspecified injury and is back at Carrington for rehabilitation.

Luke Shaw is also at Carrington for treatment and has pulled out of England’s squad for the internationals due to a knock he received in last week’s 3-2 win against Newcastle.