Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku is a fitness doubt for the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday, May 19.
Ankle-injury victim Lukaku will sit out his third match in a row when United host Watford in Sunday’s Premier League season-closer.
Lukaku has been recovering from an ankle injury in Antwerp since suffering minor ligament damage against Arsenal last month.
United have struggled for goals in his absence, drawing a blank in their two most recent league games against Brighton and West Ham, in which they won only one point.
Mourinho’s side face Watford in their last league game at Old Trafford on Sunday.
said: “We hope he can play in the final.
“He is in Belgium, having his treatment with communication between the doctors in Belgium and our medical department.
“We are just waiting to see if it’s possible for him to be involved in the final. If not starting, then at least on the bench.”
Lukaku himself already has one eye on taking neighbours City’s Premier League title next season, with United certain to finish runners-up this term.
The former Chelsea and Everton frontman has the World Cup to think about before that – as well as, perhaps the Wembley showpiece next week.
But Lukaku, who will 25 on Sunday, said: “If we had more consistency we could have been up there with Manchester City now.”
“I’m really confident in my team-mates. I think we can do it with the team we have now.
“It’s great to get to the final, but I want to win the title, that is the thing.”
Meanwhile, as midfielder Michael Carrick, 36, bows out by skippering United against Watford, Mourinho insists he is not as sad as he usually is when a player retires.