Marouane Fellaini will wait until the new year to undergo surgery on his wrist but will only be ruled out for a maximum of two weeks in order to recover.
There were fears that the 25-year-old would be ruled out for anything up to seven weeks because of his wrist injury but his absence from the team shouldn’t have a major effect on the season.
It would come in December/January after United’s UEFA Champions League group stages would have finished and January is a quiet month following an extremely busy festive period.
Belgium’s team doctor Kris van Crombrugge confirmed that the decision had been made along with Manchester United’s medical team.
“After surgery we believe he will only need one or a maximum of two weeks to recover. After that he can resume playing by using a brace. The surgery is not urgent, hence the delay.
“Last weekend he could not play for Manchester United because he had too much pain but because he is now taped he can play.”
Given that Fellaini was our only major signing this summer, it would have been a massive blow to the strength of the squad if he spent two months on the sidelines.
Fellaini trained with Belgium this week ahead of their World Cup qualifiers and as Moussa Dembele picked up an ankle injury in training, Fellaini will likely start in his preferred defensive midfielder position.