Oh, the perils of international friendlies.
There’s little wonder managers are fearful when their players jet off to represent their countries. They probably watch through a tiny gap in their fingers, hoping their players don’t get injured.
But injuries are a part of football. For as long as football remains a physical, contact sport, players are going to get hurt.
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Domestic action broke up for a sea of international fixtures last weekend and Jose Mourinho was one of those forced to watch many of his players depart.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was one of those who left Old Trafford, joining Armenia for a friendly against the Czech Republic and World Cup qualifier against Denmark.
Mkhitaryan got hurt
Mourinho probably wishes he hadn’t.
The summer signing limped out of Armenia’s 3-0 defeat to the Czech Republic after colliding with Marek Suchy in the first half. Mkhitaryan asked to be substituted and appeared to be clutching his chest.
With the Manchester derby just 10 days away, it’s not the news Mourinho wanted to hear.
Mkhitaryan needs assessing
BBC Sport journalist Simon Stone provided an update on Mkhitaryan’s status, claiming Armenia coach Varuzhan Sukiasyan said he will be assessed.
The fear is, of course, that the 27-year-old will miss United’s all-important derby against neighbours City on September 10.
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