By Will Butcher
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has said that he was “fortunate” to score against Tottenham in the Premier League game on Sunday, and is disappointed he can’t play against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
The 27-year-old has been ruled out with an ankle injury, and will not feature at Selhurst Park, with a Boxing Day return against Sunderland scheduled.
Posting on his personal Twitter account, Mkhitaryan revealed his disappointment but added a “good luck to the guys”.
I was fortunate to score last Sunday vs Tottenham. I am disappointed I cant be part of the team tonight. Wishing good luck to the guys! 💪 https://t.co/Emw8AcxWGG
— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) December 14, 2016
Ostracised from Jose Mourinho’s squad earlier this season, Armenia international Mkhitaryan has made a dazzling comeback.
Becoming a regular on the right side of United’s attack, the £26million summer signing has provided two goals and two assists in six games, and his return coincides with United’s impressive recent form.
His thundering finish against Spurs saw United close the gap with a 1-0 win over their north London rivals to just three points, who currently sit in fifth.
However, the former Borussia Dortmund playmaker was stretchered off towards the end of the game after a robust tackle from Danny Rose and will now miss the game against Palace as well as Saturday’s away clash against West Brom.
Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford or Memphis Depay could replace Mkhitaryan against Alan Pardew’s Eagles, as United look to close the gap even further on Spurs.
Three points could see them move level on points with Mauricio Pochettino’s side, if Spurs fail to beat Hull at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night.
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