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Jose Mourinho confirms Alexis Sanchez unlikely to play for Manchester United until 2019

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that forward Alexis Sanchez could be out for a ‘long time’ after the Chilean suffered an injury in training on Tuesday. The 29-year-old is out with a hamstring injury and is yet to have a scan to determine the extent of the damage, but his manager fears it could be a nasty one as the forward was screaming in pain.

 “The first thing I can say is that in every club when a player is not playing it is a simple manager’s decision.

“In our club, when a player does not play, it is always because the player is not behaving and has disciplinary issues. Of course, that is not the case again.

“He has an important injury, I don’t want to risk by saying for how long he will be out but from the top of my experience, I would say he is not playing this year.

“No scans yet. But the player is experienced, the player knows what the injury is and also from the top of my experience, just the painful scream and the way the injury happened I know it’s going to be for a long time.

“It’s not a little muscular injury that in one week or 10 days the player is ready, is for me and also for Alexis, the feelings before the scans is that the grade is different than the Lindelof one and the Lindelof one was not an easy one, so I think Alexis has what I used to call an aggressive muscular injury” Jose Mourinho said.

Alexis joins Victor Lindelof on the sidelines as the Sweden international injured himself during the home draw against Crystal Palace. Alexis Sanchez and Jose Mourinho haven’t been in the best of terms since his transfer to Manchester United and it’s widely reported that the forward is unhappy at Old Trafford. Sanchez has had several disciplinary issues which is one of the reasons he isn’t Mourinho’s first name on the team sheet. However, this comes as a massive blow for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho as both players will not be available entirely during the busy festive period.

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