Paul Pogba is facing around three weeks on the treatment table after the midfielder sustained a hamstring injury during Manchester United’s Europa League triumph.
United safely progressed to the quarter finals of the Europa League after a 2-1 aggregate victory over Russian side FC Rostov, yet it came at a cost.
Pogba pulled up early in the second half and was removed from the action, with the 24-year-old expected to miss Sunday’s encounter against Middlesbrough, plus France’s games during the subsequent two-week international break.
Pogba is out of France games (was suspended for the first one) after his injury tonight. Played far too much this season and needs a break.
— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) March 16, 2017
"I don't know for sure but, for sure, no Middlesbrough [on Sunday] and no national team,” confirmed Jose Mourinho.
The Man United boss was already without Ander Herrera against Boro, as the midfielder begins a two-game suspension for his sending off against Chelsea last weekend.
And despite Juan Mata’s goal securing a 1-0 second leg win for United over Rostov, Mourinho was angry at the fixture pile-up facing United.
"We have lots of enemies. Normally the enemies should be Rostov but we have a lot of enemies," he said.
HEAT MAP: Paul Pogba was dominating midfield before being substituted off with injury. pic.twitter.com/Vvn18rI5i8
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 16, 2017
"It's difficult to play Monday with 10 men (after Ander Herrera was sent off at Chelsea), it's difficult to play now, it's difficult to play 12 o'clock on Sunday.
"A lot of people might say we should have scored more goals (against Rostov). But a lot of things are going against us.
“The boys are amazing boys. We will probably lose the game on Sunday. Fatigue has a price."