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Jose Mourinho hopes Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic can return for Champions League

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes centre back Eric Bailly and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic could return from injury to play in the Champions League this month.

Bailly had ankle surgery in December after sustaining an injury while on international duty with the Ivory Coast.

Ibrahimovic, the club's top scorer last season with 28 goals, made a comeback in November from a long-term knee injury, but suffered a setback and has not featured since a 45-minute cameo against Burnley in the Premier League last December.

Mourinho expects the pair to return for the last-16 Champions League tie against Sevilla, with the first-leg in Spain on Feb. 21.

Marouane Fellaini continues to struggle with a knee injury and the Portuguese manager confirmed the midfielder will remain on the sidelines for Saturday's league clash against Huddersfield Town.

Heading into the weekend, Mourinho has conceded the title to runaway leaders Manchester City for the first time, adding United must now strive to be "first of the last" this season.

United are in second place, 15 points behind City with 13 matches left.

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