United hopeful on injured duo

Manchester United could have Marouane Fellaini and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in their squad for Saturday’s Manchester derby.

Man United: United hopeful on injured duoMan United: United hopeful on injured duo

It was thought that Belgian international Fellaini would be sidelined after suffering what was described as a ‘bad back injury’ in the 1-0 win at Hull.

But the former Everton man was fit enough for Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Cyprus on Tuesday, playing 84 minutes of their 3-0 win.

Meanwhile, Mkhitaryan has been a doubt since suffering a thigh injury playing for his country, Armenia, last week.

But he has returned to Carrington early and is working hard to be fit enough to play some part in Saturday’s lunchtime clash with City at Old Trafford.

The ex-Borussia Dortmund man said: “Not sure yet if I’ll bit fit for the derby but I’m motivated as ever to put all energy to be in great shape asap.”

Having both players available would be a massive bonus for Jose Mourinho, whose Manchester United have slightly better odds going into the game of the week.

Luke Shaw is another concern for the United boss after the left-back withdrew from the England squad due to a muscle problem.

Mourinho is also sweating on the fitness of three other key players, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero, who will be assessed when they return to the club after international duty.

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