Jose Mourinho has revealed Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku may only be on the bench for the FA Cup final.
Lukaku is still struggling with an ankle injury he suffered against Arsenal last month.
The problem will ruled him out of the Red Devil’s Premier League finale against Watford at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Belgium striker is also a doubt for the Wembley showpiece against Chelsea on May 19, but Mourinho hopes he will be involved in some capacity, an if it means he has to settle for a place among the substitutes.
“We hope he can play the final,” the United manager said.
“He’s in Belgium having his treatment and there is 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 at least he can be on the bench.”
Lukaku injured his ankle during Man United’s 2-1 win over Arsenal last month
Michael Carrick will captain United on Sunday to mark the England midfielder’s final appearance before joining Mourinho’s backroom staff.
“Carrick had already been decided. So if we’d lost the match (against West Ham) and we needed the point against Watford, I would play Carrick the same,” said Mourinho.
“He’s going to start the match as a captain and he’s not going to end the match because I want him to leave the pitch alone and I want him to feel what the United supporters feel in relation to him.
Carrick will take a coaching role at United after his retirement, and Mourinho presented him with a coaches’ shirt during the club’s recent awards ceremony
“I am not so sad as I normally am when my players end their career because he is going to be with us.
“He is going to be even closer to me than he was as a player so it is just an emotional moment because it is the end of a career of a fantastic player.
“So he starts the match and we make the change in some moment so he can leave the pitch alone.”