MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Manchester United’s Swedish defender Victor Lindelof will be “out for quite a while”, manager Jose Mourinho said on Monday ahead of their Champions League match at home to Young Boys.
Linedelof, who was this month named his country’s Player of the Year, had made six consecutive starts for United but misses Tuesday’s Group H game against the Swiss after being injured in Saturday’s 0-0 Premier League draw with Crystal Palace.
"(Victor will have a) scan tomorrow (Tuesday), but by the experience of the medical department and the feelings of the player, he has a muscular problem and a muscular problem takes time," Mourinho was quoted as saying on the club website here
“I would say if we have Victor available for the Christmas period when we need, if possible, every player to be available for that difficult period until the Newcastle match on 2 January, it will be good,” he added on MUTV on Monday.
Lindelof has been joined on the sidelines by Argentine Marcos Rojo, who has “some little injury”, leaving United with only three fit centre-backs for Tuesday’s game.
“(Phil) Jones, (Chris) Smalling and (Eric) Bailly are the three that we have at this time,” said Mourinho, who added that full-back Matteo Darmian also has a slight injury problem.
The Italian played the whole match at home to Palace on Saturday as a replacement for Luke Shaw, who is eligible to face Young Boys after serving a one-match domestic suspension.
Second-placed United will qualify for the last 16 with a victory if Valencia do not beat leaders Juventus in Turin, while Young Boys must win to have a chance of a third-place finish.
Juve top the group on nine points ahead of United, who have seven, Valencia on five and Young Boys with one point.
Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Angus MacSwan