Pogba a long-term absentee - Mourinho

Pogba a long-term absentee - Mourinho

Pogba a long-term absentee - Mourinho

But Mourinho bracketed his £89million record signing with cruciate ligament casualties Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo among the players who are now out of his thoughts.

Jose Mourinho has categorised Paul Pogba's hamstring injury as "long term", enhancing fears that Manchester United will remain without their influential midfielder until after the November global break.

Rojo, at least, is back training with the squad and is making good progress while Mourinho has declined, like with Pogba, to reveal any details about the knee ligament injury Ibrahimovic suffered before signing a new contract with the club.

"[Pogba's] injured, he can not play tomorrow", Mourinho confirmed.

"I have the hope to see them in training".

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"He's injured, he can not play tomorrow", Mourinho told a media conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

"His injury is not one that I can have with Valencia or Jones". Long-term injuries I don't speak about them - Ibra, Pogba, Rojo, I don't think about these players'.

The Portuguese manager also confirmed midfielder Michael Carrick and centre back Phil Jones, who missed Wednesday's 4-1 Champions League win at CSKA Moscow, remain unavailable. "They were out [on Wednesday] and tomorrow some [players] will be out [too]". From all the injuries we had I hope I can have some players available.

United host Palace tomorrow (3pm) hoping to take up top spot in the Premier League. When asked whether the Ecuador captain would be fit, Mourinho said: "We have to train but, maybe, yes".

The midfielder was forced off shortly into United's Champions League clash with Basel after injuring his hamstring.

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