Manchester United have been hit by a major injury blow, with Juan Mata most likely to be ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for a groin injury on Thursday.
Having never missed a United match through injury in over 3 years at Old Trafford, Mata is now believed to be sidelined at least for the whole of April, which includes a total of nine fixtures.
The Spaniard will have to undergo further tests early next week, when the club’s medical staff hopes to determine a more accurate return date.
Mata trained earlier this week, but complained of soreness in his groin area. The in-form midfielder’s layoff adds to the injury problems in Mourinho’s squad after recent setbacks to defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling while on international duty.
Other midfield options such as Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Bastian Schweinsteiger have already left United this season.
The Red Devils will also miss Paul Pogba for Saturday’s game against West Brom, as confirmed by Mourinho, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera remain unavailable through suspension.