José Mourinho has given a fitness update on Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, explaining that the duo are unlikely to play for the club again until the new year.

The pair will play no part in Manchester United’s trip to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester on Saturday, and are expected to be out until January. Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly also join the midfield duo on the sidelines.

Fellaini hasn’t played since United’s 1-0 win over Brighton last month, and is currently sidelined with a knee injury. He was rumoured to be available for the Manchester derby earlier this month, but was ultimately left out by Mourinho.

When asked about whether Fellaini could return to face the Foxes, Mourinho simply said that the former Everton man was “not available”.

Carrick has been out for an even longer period, not playing since the EFL Cup win over Burton Albion in September. United’s club captain underwent surgery to correct an irregular heart rhythm recently, after which he was declared perfectly healthy and aimed to return soon.

Mourinho refused to give an exact timeline of when the duo would be back in contention, but it was suggested that neither would be available for the upcoming games against Burnley, Southampton and Everton over the reminder of the festive period.

Both Valencia and Bailly have also not been given an exact timescale, with the Ecuadorian not expected to feature over the festive period, and the Ivorian having just undergone surgery on an ankle injury on Friday.