Mohamed Salah will not be in the squad for Wednesday evening’s home game against West Ham United, Jose Mourinho reported at his media conference on Tuesday afternoon.
The manager said the new signing from Basel may arrive in England tomorrow, but it will not be in time to be considered for the league game against London rivals.
Fernando Torres is also ruled out. The striker needs another couple of weeks to recover from a knee injury. Mourinho also had news of Marco van Ginkel, the young Dutchman who is recovering from cruciate surgery.
‘Marco is doing so well,’ he said, ‘and maybe plays with the U21s at the end of March or beginning of April, but not for the first team this season.’
Tomorrow’s game pits the side third in the Barclays Premier League against the one third from bottom, but Mourinho is paying little attention to those positions as he prepares to face Sam Allardyce’s side.
‘West Ham are in trouble in the table but I look at them and I feel a difficult match,’ said the manager.
‘They have new players, and they have had time to work and rest from the difficult Christmas period they had, especially because they had so many injured players.
‘We are playing well,’ he added. ‘The last game against Stoke was a 1-0 but a good 1-0. There was quality individually and collectively, and we defended and pressed well also. You never know what is going to happen in the next match but the results are arriving as a consequence of the team playing very good football.’
More from Jose Mourinho to follow.