Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow in the build up to their derby day clash with Manchester City after Henrikh Mkhitaryan suffered an injury on international duty with Armenia on Wednesday night.
The United player was withdrawn from action in the first half of Armenia’s friendly with Czech Republic after an off-the-ball incident, suffering an injury to his knee after clashing with defender Marek Suchy ahead of his country’s World Cup qualifier with Denmark on Sunday.
Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho will be hoping that the Armenian star man was substituted purely as a precaution with the competitive fixture in mind at the weekend, before Mkhitaryan returns to Manchester ahead of the derby.
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The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder joined the club on a four-year deal in July in a move that cost the Old Trafford outfit £26.3m for his services, but the 27-year-old is yet to showcase his ability in the Premier League.
Featuring in just over an hour’s worth of United’s opening three victories, Mkhitaryan has yet to bed into Mourinho’s side with Juan Mata preferred in the victories over Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull City.