Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has insisted that Maroaune Fellaini’s place in his World Cup squad will not be in jeopardy despite how little football he has played this season for Manchester United.
The 26-year-old has only made four Premier League appearances due to a succession of injuries and surgery that has kept him out of the side.
However, Wilmots has alluded fears for Fellaini that he could have missed out on a trip to Brazil as a consequence of that.
“Why would I leave guys like Fellaini, Vermaelen, Chadli and Alderweireld at home if they are fit?” Wilmots said.
“For our opening match on 17th June in Brazil we have five weeks to prepare – that’s nearly as long as pre-season at a club.
“The current group has proven its worth.”
Fellaini’s challenge for the rest of the season is two-pronged now – he must prove to Manchester United fans that he was worth the £27.5 million we forked out for him.
On top of that, if Fellaini is to make himself a starter for Belgium at the World Cup, he will have to recapture his best form or risk being ousted by the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Moussa Dembele in Belgium’s midfield.