Jose Mourinho says summer signing Diego Dalot is ready to return to first-team action.
The teenage full-back, signed in the summer from Porto for £19million, is yet to make a Premier League appearance for the club but looks set to return following a spell on the sidelines through injury.
“The opportunities will always come,” Mourinho told reporters in his pre-match before today’s game away to Southampton.
“Phil Jones was not playing. Lindelof got injured and Jones had the opportunity to play against Young Boys. It will happen all over the place I believe.
“For the other game Luke Shaw was suspended and now we have Ashley Young with four yellow cards. Who knows when the fifth is arriving? Players must be ready.
“In this case some are going away to the medical room and some are coming back. For example this weekend will be the first call for Dalot. He is ready now.
“He had an important injury, surgery, then a second injury in the national team when he was coming up, when he was already playing against Young Boys and Derby County, when he was almost here.
“But now he has been training for two weeks and we think he is ready now.”