Early team news: Mourinho preparing for Stoke City
Jose Mourinho is busy formulating his plan for Manchester United's anticipated return to Premier League action on Monday night, when managerless Stoke City visit Old Trafford.
The images and videos from the Middle East show the players and staff are clearly enjoying the mini break from the campaign, although minds have remained focused on Monday’s visit of Stoke.
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The boys definitely worked up a sweat in the second session of our warm-weather training camp.
Ashley Young is still suspended as part of the three-match ban that he received for an incident against Southampton on 30 December. In his absence, against Everton and Derby County, Victor Lindelof has started and the Sweden international produced two eye-catching performances.
However, it is seemingly possible that first-choice right-back Antonio Valencia could make his return from injury after training all week in Dubai. The stand-in captain has been missing with a problem that he sustained during the victory over West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on 17 December.
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Carrick has not played since the Carabao Cup tie against Burton Albion back in September and, in a statement released on 24 November, the 36-year-old midfielder revealed he had suffered from an irregular heart rhythm that required a procedure called a Cardiac Ablation.
Meanwhile, Eric Bailly is still unavailable in defence and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to be out for another two to three weeks, after the manager’s recent declaration that he is out
“for a month”.
It remains to be seen if Sergio Romero is fit – the Argentina international has not travelled to Dubai.