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Jose confirms triple injury boost for Man Utd ahead of Arsenal

Manchester United will be looking to close in on second place with victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.

We currently hold a three-point lead over Liverpool who have played 35 games, whilst we have a game in hand on the Merseyside club.

Ahead of the game Jose Mourinho has met with the media today at his pre-match press conference and has given the latest team news and an injury update.

The boss was able to confirm that we have a virtually fully fit squad to face the Gunners this weekend with goalkeeper Sergio Romero the only absentee.

Romero is working his way back to full fitness having suffered knee ligament damage whilst away on international duty with Argentina last month.

The good news is that this injury update from Jose means that Antonio Valencia is fit from a calf injury suffered in the final 10 minutes of our FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley last weekend.  The captain can be expected to maintain his place at right-back.

Eric Bailly missed last weekend’s win due to illness but presumably is also fit to return to the starting lineup this Sunday.  The Ivorian could come in for Phil Jones to reunite with Chris Smalling in the middle of our back four.

In a triple defensive boost this would also mean that Victor Lindelof has recovered from his minor achilles injury that had him listed as a doubt earlier in the week.  Though the Swede has only started 11 Premier League matches this season he is often used as Antonio Valencia’s backup in case the boss decides not to play the Ecuadorian.

Jose Mourinho told MUTV:

“Everybody’s fine,” Mourinho said. “I have 22 players and apart from Romero as a goalkeeper, everyone is fit to play.”

With Arsene Wenger leaving Arsenal at the end of the season our rivalry with the Gunners boss that has gone on for over two decades will come to a conclusion in Sunday’s game at Old Trafford.

Arsenal actually have the second leg of their Europa League semi-final at Atletico Madrid to play on Thursday so can be expected to rest some key players this weekend.