September 11, 2017 / 7:47 AM / 9 months ago

Mourinho recalls Smalling and Lindelof for Basel game

(Reuters) - Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof will start at the heart of Manchester United’s defence when they host FC Basel on their Champions League return on Tuesday, manager Jose Mourinho has said.

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - Bulgaria vs Sweden - Sofia, Bulgaria - August 31, 2017 Sweden’s Victor Lindelof looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones, who have started all four of United’s Premier League games this season, are serving UEFA bans heading into the European campaign.

The duo helped United keep three consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League before their perfect start to the season ended with a 2-2 draw at Stoke City on Saturday.

“He’s (Jones) playing well for us,” Mourinho told reporters.

“He’s probably tired with two consecutive matches with the national team so it’s good that on Tuesday he gets his rest and it’s an opportunity for Smalling and Lindelof to play the Champions League match.”

Smalling and Lindelof, United’s close season signing from Benfica, will pair up for the first time since United’s 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup last month.

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - Europe - England Training - London, Britain - September 3, 2017 England’s Chris Smalling and Jesse Lingard during training Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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