Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba’s hamstring injury will keep him out “long term”, says manager Jose Mourinho.
It was initially thought Pogba would be out for between a month and six weeks following the injury on 12 September.
Mourinho would not however give a specific timescale on his return.
Mouinho said he “does not speak about long-term injuries” but was more hopeful on the fitness of defenders Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia.
“I cannot have hope, like with Jones or Valencia who I can see in training and hope for a positive answer,” added the Portuguese.
Pogba’s fellow midfielders Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini also look set to miss Saturday’s home game against Crystal Palace.