|Pepe is already healed|
The Portuguese center defender has had a very thorough treatment and he has responded well each time the workload was intensified. The idea is to be ready to play in the first leg of the Champions League knockout round against Manchester United on February 13 (8:45 pm CET). Pepe has set a goal for that date and Mourinho will have to decide whether he plays in the starting lineup or not.
Because Varane is also another injured defender. The Frenchman, who had been summoned by Deschamps to play with the national team of France, had to resign the call due to a muscle injury (hamstring) grade I in his right leg. It is a mild illness and he will be out for seven or ten days. Although it is a problem, the Frenchman will also be ready for the match against Ferguson's guys. Varane is at his best sport moment and does not want this injury stops his upward progression.
Xabi Alonso also missed out on the Spanish national team for problems in the pubis. The midfielder suffered discomfort and decided to stop and rest for a few days with specific treatment this week. He probably will not play the match against Sevilla (Saturday, 10 pm CET), but will be ready for the Champions League clash.