Manchester United’s injury woes have worsened after Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo were forced off the pitch in their side’s 2-1 victory over Anderlecht in the Europa League.
Ibrahimovic was withdrawn after hyperextending his knee in the game’s final seconds while Rojo was substituted early in the first half after suffering a knock to the knee.
And following the match manager Jose Mourinho said the outlook was “fairly negative” for both players.
“I want to wait (for tests), but my feeling is not good. I want to try to be optimistic, but I’m not,” Mourinho responded when asked about the status of the pair.
The injury to Rojo leaves United with just one natural central defender in Eric Bailly, while Daley Blind has previously played in the role.
But Mourinho has called on injured duo Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to play through pain in order to combat the sticky situation.
“It’s time for Jones and Smalling to be brave, to risk,” Mourinho said. “For the team, you have to do everything. You cannot do miracles. Miracles I don’t expect. You have to try to do everything to accelerate the process.”
Next up for United is a clash away to Burnley in the Premier League.