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Mourinho losing no sleep over Lukaku's injury and Fellaini deal

 

BY SIMON PEACH

Jose Mourinho is upbeat about Romelu Lukaku's chances of being fit for the FA Cup final and Marouane Fellaini signing a new deal at Manchester United.

Tonight's trip to Brighton offers the chance for United to strengthen their grip on second place, although the Portuguese will have to do without his first-choice striker on the south coast.

Lukaku limped off against Arsenal last weekend with an ankle complaint and is recovering back in Belgium, where he was filmed moving freely in a medicine ball exercise yesterday.

Those images suggest the 24-year-old's injury is not as bad as first feared, with Mourinho confirming the striker should be able to play against Chelsea in the FA Cup final on May 19.

"I don't know (how he is)," Mourinho said. "I just know that (he is) not (available) tomorrow. Apart from that, we need to wait for more scans."

Asked if there was a chance for the FA Cup final, Mourinho added: "I hope so. It looks positive."

Mourinho is also hopeful about last weekend's match-winner Fellaini staying at Old Trafford beyond the summer.

Contract talks with the 30-year-old midfielder have been at an impasse throughout the season, but the United boss still believes he will stay put.

"I am still positive," Mourinho said. "He's important.

"He's a player that I like. Destiny is in his hands and he will decide what makes him happier."

Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian's have lacked game time and their future is the subject of speculation, but Mourinho said: "They are part of my plans. If happiness means they leave, let's see, but they are in my plans."

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