Manchester United and Liverpool have been left counting the cost of international break injuries. This also comes ahead of their Premier League meeting at Anfield this weekend.
Each side has seen important players ruled out of Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, while the availability of other squad members is doubtful.
Having grown into one of Mourinho’s most important players, Marouane Fellaini will be unavailable for his side’s most important game of the season so far.
The Belgium international damaged his medial knee ligament while playing for Roberto Martinez’s side against Bosnia and Herzegovina. It happened on a pitch that Kevin De Bruyne described as “the worst pitch I’ve played on since I was seven years old”.
Following the injury to Fellaini, there was some concern at United that Belgium would risk Lukaku. It was ahead of their Group H match against Cyrpus on 10 October.
The striker played the entirety of his club side’s victory over Palace despite carrying a slight ankle injury. It was feared that the problem could be exacerbated while away with his country.
Paul Pogba (hamstring), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (knee), Michael Carrick (calf), Phil Jones (knee) and Marcos Rojo (knee) are also sidelined.
A real body blow for Liverpool. Mané was substituted in the 89th minute of Senegal’s 2-0 victory over Cape Verde. Since returning, medical staff informed Klopp that a hamstring problem could keep the winger out for up to six weeks.
Since the 25-year-old’s debut in August 2016, his side average 2.2 Premier League goals with him present but just 1.6 goals without him.
Dejan Lovren (back), Adam Lallana (calf), Nathaniel Clyne (back) are also out of action.