Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to return to action as early as Boxing Day, according to Jose Mourinho.

The Armenia international scored his first Premier League goal for the Red Devils in Saturday’s 1-0 over Tottenham, but his afternoon took a turn for the worse following a challenge from Spurs defender Danny Rose in the second half which forced him off the pitch.

Mourinho confirmed following that match that the midfielder will not require surgery on the injury, as he initially feared, and hopes to see him back in action as early as Boxing Day if there are not further complications.

The Portuguese told BBC Sport following the game: “We don’t think it’s a serious injury. We don’t think maybe Henrikh can play for a week. I was afraid it was serious but looks like it’s not. He does not need surgery.

“Maximum a couple of weeks. It doesn’t look like something that is very dangerous or difficult. He brings everything I want an attacker to play. Maybe one week out and it is better to be fresh for Boxing Day.”

Mkhitaryan won’t play any part in Man United’s game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday, but could return to face Sunderland at Old Trafford nine days later.


Culled from Squawka