Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely to return to the matchday squad for Manchester United's clash against Stoke City on Sunday (2 October) after the midfielder was back to training with the first-team during the week. Luke Shaw missed out on United's Europa League win over Zorya Luhansk due to illness, but Jose Mourinho was hopeful of having the defender back in training ahead of their game against the Potters.
The Portuguese boss, however, confirmed that Timothy Fosu-Mensah had picked up an injury during their win on Thursday (29 September) and he will join Phil Jones on the sidelines. The English defender was expected to be out for a few more weeks owing to a knee injury picked up in training.
The Red Devils are looking for their fourth consecutive win in all competitions after a slight wobble earlier in the month saw them lose three on the trot. Mourinho did give a run out to some of the fringe players during their win over the Ukrainian side in the Europa League, and admitted after the game that he is keen to give more game time to players who do not feature regularly in the Premier League.
"Phil Jones is the only one with an important injury and definitely out for more weeks to come. Micki is training now with the team. Luke is ill but hopefully he will train with the team too [on Friday]. We are fine in terms of our condition," Mourinho said ahead of United's game against Stoke City as quoted on the club's official site.
"I had in my mind to give Memphis 20-25 minutes [on Thursday night], but I couldn't with the way I had to make the changes and the problem with Tim Fosu-Mensah meant I had to play a right-back [Ashley Young]. But we need the squad, that's for sure," the Red Devils boss explained with regards to giving fringe players a chance to prove they deserve a more regular role with the first-team.
"Every game I know more about my players, especially the ones that are on the pitch. Obviously I would like to have other players playing more so I can see more and learn more about them."