Jose Mourinho has provided an update on the fitness of injured Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who has not played for the Reds since 31 January.
During a press conference at the Aon Training Complex to preview United’s Premier League match at Crystal Palace, Mourinho gave an optimistic response when asked about Fellaini’s future.
“He's still a young player, his injury had a little surgery but a minor surgery and he will be back to play again in a couple of weeks,”the manager told reporters, before estimating when the player could hypothetically return to the pitch.
“If we proceed in the Champions League beyond Sevilla, I think he will be ready for a hypothetical quarter-final. He will be ready for a hypothetical FA Cup semi-final. He will be ready for the last couple of months of our Premier League fight.
On the subject of Marouane’s contract running out at the end of this season, and what is happening regarding the player’s future, Jose continued:“Is he going to stay or leave? I don't know. I don't know. I want him to stay, the club wants him to stay. The process, the negotiations, the numbers, the distances between the offer and what he wants - I really don't know how things are going.”
The UK has been battered by freezing conditions over the course of this week and Mourinho admits the ‘Beast from the East’ has impacted on his squad’s ability to train, ahead of the trip to Palace.
“Yesterday, we trained indoor and today we trained outside but it has been difficult,”the manager explained.
“We tried, we worked. The atmosphere is positive and we can't complain because it's over. So, for the rest of the day, the players can be at home.“