Manchester United star Henrikh Mkhitaryan has admitted he is “not sure” if he will recover from a thigh injury for Saturday’s derby.
The Armenia international captain was substituted in the 38th minute of last week’s friendly clash against the Czech Republic following a nasty collision with Marek Sukhy.
The 27-year-old returned to United’s Carrington training ground and subsequently missed Armenia’s 1-0 World Cup qualification defeat against Denmark at the weekend.
The injury usually takes around 10 days to recover from and he is therefore touch-and-go to be fit for the Premier League showdown against rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime.
The £26million summer signing from Borussia Dortmund, who has yet to start a competitive game for United, told fans on Twitter: “Not sure yet if I’ll be fit for the derby, but I’m motivated as ever to put all energy to be in great shape asap!!
“Hard work and professionalism have always been at the heart of what I love most – football! Thanks for sending me your love and support!!”