Romelu Lukaku will miss Manchester United's game against Brighton

Romelu Lukaku limped out of Manchester United's win over Arsenal
Image: Romelu Lukaku limped out of Manchester United's win over Arsenal

Jose Mourinho remains "positive" Romelu Lukaku will be fit for the FA Cup final, despite ruling him out of Manchester United's game against Brighton.

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Lukaku limped out of United's 2-1 win over Arsenal last weekend with a foot injury and on Thursday posted images of himself receiving treatment at the Move to Cure clinic in Antwerp, Belgium.

United manager Mourinho said the club are still waiting for scan results before setting a comeback date, but is optimistic the striker will be fit for their trip to Wembley on May 19.

"I don't know [how long he will be out]," said Mourinho. "I just know that he will not play tomorrow. Apart from that we need to wait for more scans, more time."

Asked if Lukaku will play in the FA Cup final, Mourinho added: "I hope so, it looks positive."

Mourinho put Eric Bailly's absence from the first team down to trying to help his centre-backs hoping to earn a place at the World Cup.

Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo are all in contention to play for their countries at Russia 2018.

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Mourinho explained why the 2018 World Cup has impacted on Eric Bailly's place in the Manchester United side

Bailly, 24, has started just one of United's last six matches and reportedly missed the club's end of season awards because he was not feeling well.

"There's no situation, he's fine, no injury," said Mourinho. "He's one of our five central defenders. Honestly my work is not about World Cups and preparing players for them.

"But he's the only central defender that his country is not in the World Cup so if I have to make a more emotional, effective choice to help my players, he's the one I won't help until the end of the season.

"I try not to, I try to be a good team manager and that means a bit cold, selfish, but I'm not as bad as that.

"I still have space for a little bit of feelings."

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