Man United boss Mourinho expects Lukaku to be out of action for one week

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Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku will be sidelined for just a single week following his head injury, according to Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho on Monday.

Lukaku, who has scored 15 times this season, was stretchered off against Southampton on Saturday following a clash of heads with Wesley Hoedt.

That ruled Lukaku out of Monday’s trip to his former club Everton and he is set to be absent for the FA Cup third round tie with Derby on Friday.

Speaking prior to the Everton match, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “I would say a week (out for Lukaku).
“It’s nothing really important – just a little protection, but no problem.”

United’s next Premier League game, at home to Stoke, isn’t for 10 days after the Derby game, giving Lukaku time to return for that fixture.

Lukaku crashed into Southampton’s Wesley Hoedt on December 30 as the pair contested an aerial challenge early in the first half at Old Trafford.

The Belgium striker lay prone on the pitch barely moving while he was treated by medical staff for five minutes.

Lukaku remained conscious and was eventually carried off wearing an oxygen mask.

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Burnley v Liverpool player ratings as Lallana scores a 7 and Hendrick gets a 5

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Centre-back Ragnar Klavan was Liverpool’s unlikely match-winner at Burnley as his close-range header in the fourth minute of added time made light of the absence of three of the ‘Fab Four’.

With £75million world-record defender Virgil van Dijk waiting in the wings for his debut, the focus has been turned on the Reds’ central defenders, but it was at the other end of the pitch where Estonian Klavan proved his worth.

Jurgen Klopp’s side looked like they had thrown away two points when Johan Berg Gudmundsson’s 88th minute equaliser cancelled out a stunning strike from Sadio Mane.

However, Klavan popped up barely a yard out to nod in from a free-kick move to secure a hard-fought 2-1 win.

Star man

Adam Lallana

The midfielder made his first Premier League start of the season and was the busiest player on display, making a potentially goal-saving tackle at one end and conducting proceedings at the other.

Highlight of the match

Mane’s brilliant one touch and left-footed strike into the roof of the net for the match-winning goal.

Data point

Victory was only Jurgen Klopp’s fifth in 19 competitive matches in January since he took charge at Liverpool.

Player ratings

Burnley

Nick Pope 7
Phil Bardsley 6
Ben Mee 6
James Tarkowski 6
Charlie Taylor 6
Scott Arfield 7
Steven Defour 7
Jeff Hendrick 5
Jack Cork 5
Johan Berg Gudmundsson 6
Ashley Barnes 7

Subs

Sam Vokes (for Hendrick, 71) 7
Nahki Wells (for Arfield, 86) 6

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet 6
Trent Alexander-Arnold 7
Dejan Lovren 5
Ragnar Klavan 6
Joe Gomez 6
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 7
Georginio Wijnaldum 6
Emre Can 5
Adam Lallana 7
Sadio Mane 7
Dominic Solanke 5

Subs

Roberto Firmino (for Mane, 72) 6
James Milner (for Lallana, 86) 6
Joel Matip (for Oxlade-Chamberlain, 90) 5

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Coutinho left out of Liverpool squad against Burnley as speculation mounts over move to Barcelona

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Liverpool stars Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah were missing from the starting line-up as the Reds travelled to Burnley for Monday’s Premier League clash.

Brazil forward Coutinho wasn’t risked after picking up a thigh injury, while Egypt winger Salah has suffered a groin problem.

“Phil and Mo aren’t available, that’s why they are not in the squad. They’re both injured and that’s not too cool but that’s how it is,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said.

Barcelona kit manufacturers Nike advertised the Spanish club’s shirts with Coutinho’s name on the back on Sunday, sparking renewed talk of a move to the Camp Nou for the Liverpool playmaker.

Coutinho was the subject of failed bids by Barcelona last year who are expected to make another move in January.

The quickly deleted advert on the Nike website read: “Philippe Coutinho is ready to light up Camp Nou.”

This season, Salah has been even more valuable to Liverpool than Coutinho, enjoying a brilliant first season at Anfield featuring 23 goals following his move from Roma last year.

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