Manchester United quartet Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard, Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan remain injury doubts for the Red Devils' clash against Manchester City on Saturday (10 September). Apart from the four players, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero are also doubts as they will only return from international duty one day prior to the game.
Jose Mourinho will be hoping that the injured players can recover in a week's time as he prepares for his first Manchester derby. United's official site has listed just the four players as potential doubts, while also listing a number of players, who will not be available. Sergio Aguero will be the main absentee after he was handed a three-game ban for violent conduct following an incident with West Ham United defender Winston Reid.
Felliani suffered a back injury during the 20-time English champions' last gasp win over Hull City just prior to the international break, which saw him miss Belgium's friendly loss to Spain and is unlikely to be available for their opening 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cyprus on Wednesday (7 September). The Portuguese manager admitted after the game that it was a bad injury, which is likely to keep him out of the derby.
Jesse Lingard also remained at United's Carrington training base and has not featured for the Red Devils since their Community Shield game against Leicester City. The 23-year-old forward returned to training prior to the international break, but it is unclear if he will make Mourinho's squad for the game on Saturday.
Shaw and Mkhitaryan, on the other hand, had travelled with England and Armenia respectively for their countries' 2018 World Cup qualifiers but returned to Manchester after picking up knocks while on international duty. The former returned with a minor calf injury picked up in training, while the latter picked up a thigh strain during Armenia's clash against Czech Republic.
Sam Allardyce was not keen to risk Shaw for the Three Lions' World Cup qualifier against Slovakia, which they won 1-0 after the midfielder suffered a minor calf problem on the same leg he suffered the double fracture at the start of last season.