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José Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to return from injury in December

Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United, Eric Bailly of Manchester United and Marcos Rojo of Manchester United take a selfie photograph with the trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final...

José Mourinho believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic could return in December and has said Marcus Rashford is available for Manchester United’s trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Ibrahimovic is recovering from a serious knee injury and has not played since 20 April. Rashford suffered a minor knee problem in Wednesday’s 1-0 win at Benfica in the Champions League.

Mourinho said: “Zlatan is here, he’s working here and under our control. He’s working as you would expect so, so, so hard. But he’s not to be back in the next week or next couple of weeks. Do I believe he’ll be back in 2017? Yes, I do. But it’s just a feeling.”

Mourinho said he did not know when Paul Pogba would return from a hamstring injury suffered on 12 September, during the 2-0 victory over Basel. The midfielder is in Florida undergoing rehab. “Paul is not here, I don’t know when he comes back,” Mourinho said. “I don’t know when he’s available.”

The manager wanted four signings in the summer but got only three: Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic. Despite this and a lengthy injury list Mourinho does not wish to discuss the January transfer window.

“I don’t want to speak about signings and I don’t want to speak about the market and I don’t want to speak about January,” he said. “We are in October, we have November to play, we have December to play, so why should I be speaking about the market when the market is January?”

United are second on the Premier League and Huddersfield 12th, having lost their past two matches by an aggregate score of 6-0. Yet Mourinho warned that his team should not be complacent.

He said: “The place will be buzzing, the people will be happy to have a big club playing in their city, in their stadium, and it will be a big motivation for them. We know that clearly but I think we are going to be ready.”

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Jamie Jackson, for The Guardian on Friday 20th October 2017 15.23 Europe/London

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