United fret over Pogba for Sevilla test

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Manch­ester United are un­cer­tain about mid­fielder Paul Pogba’s avail­abil­ity for Tues­day’s Cham­pi­ons League last 16 clash with Sevilla, man­ager Jose Mour­inho said af­ter the French­man missed their 2-1 Premier League win over Liver­pool at the week­end.

Pogba was ruled out af­ter pick­ing up an in­jury in the team’s fi­nal train­ing ses­sion be­fore the match and Mour­inho is await­ing in­for­ma­tion on whether he can shake off the knock in time for the visit of the Span­ish side.

“I don’t know,” Mour­inho told Bri­tish me­dia when asked about Pogba’s avail­abil­ity for the sec­ond leg of their last 16 match.

“The in­jury? It was con­tact with a player in the last minute of the train­ing ses­sion. If I fin­ished the ses­sion one minute be­fore it wouldn’t have hap­pened,” the Por­tuguese man­ager added.

Mid­fielder Marouane Fel­laini re­turned to ac­tion against Liver­pool to boost Mour­inho’s mid­field op­tions against Sevilla.

“I want to praise ev­ery player but Marouane Fel­laini had to go to knee surgery,” Mour­inho said. Fel­laini re­placed goalscorer Mar­cus Rash­ford in the 70th minute.

“To re­turn ahead of time, he did fan­tas­tic work to re­cover out­side the club with the peo­ple who have his trust. He ar­rived to train a cou­ple of days ago and made him­self avail­able.”

—AFP

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