Jose Mourinho breaks silence after Man United star's injury setback

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We may cry with the process that leads to the injuries but we do not cry because of the injuries.

Martinez chose to bring Lukaku off the bench after 66 minutes on Tuesday night with Belgium already qualified for Russian Federation and winning 3-0 - despite the striker having just recovered from an ankle injury.

"I don't know how he is", he said.

"It wouldn't be the right example to my players to prepare the Liverpool game in one way and then to prepare for next week's trip to Huddersfield in a different way", he added.

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Also with Marouane Fellaini out injured from an injury on worldwide duty with Belgium, Mourinho will want Lukaku to be rested and be prepared for the match against Liverpool.

Mourinho refused to blame worldwide action for leaving United a man short, adding: "Not just global teams, we don't only have injuries in worldwide teams".

Mourinho will definitely be without midfielder Marouane Fellaini at Anfield on Saturday but the Portuguese boss said his side can not use injuries as an excuse.

He's become an important part of Mourinho's plans, but the Portuguese isn't anxious about players missing through injury. We lost players this season.

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Mourinho and Lukaku have been reunited to devastating effect this season, with the £75m striker spearheading Manchester United's attack and scoring 11 goals in his first 10 appearances. But heading into their clash with Cyprus on Tuesday, Mourinho was hoping Martinez didn't play Lukaku - especially with their crunch match against Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime.

"You can say we have not played one of the top five teams yet. Now he is 100 per cent but we need to take into consideration that he has been with the group for only one session".

Victory against Liverpool, who are without Sadio Mane after the forward was injured playing for Senegal, would mean United's best ever start to a Premier League season.

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