Henrikh Mkhitaryan could miss Manchester United’s Premier League home game against Manchester City on Saturday through injury, according to the Armenian FA.
The 27-year-old attacker picked up a knock in Armenia’s friendly defeat against the Czech Republic last week, which ruled him out of his country’s first World Cup qualifier against Denmark two days ago.
The fans were hoping the former Borussia Dortmund star would recover in time for next weekend’s game, but the Armenian FA’s statement has basically put an end to the fans’ hopes.
“Mkhitaryan has had a medical examination in a clinic in Mlada Boleslav. Unfortunately, the results are not encouraging,” the statement read.
“Mkhitaryan was found to have an injury in the lower third of the left thigh muscle.”
Manchester United are yet to comment on the information, but it seems like the Armenian won’t play against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Mkhitaryan is yet to start an official game for United this season and it appears as though Juan Mata will keep his place in the starting eleven despite his ineffective display at Hull City 10 days ago.
The timing of this injury is far from perfect as Mkhitaryan’s impressive display against Hull was likely to secure him a place in United’s starting eleven against Manchester City.