Photo: Marouane Fellaini training with Belgium after recovering from serious injruy

by Leo Nieboer

Marouane Fellaini has been pictured training with the Belgium squad after recovering from a back injury.

The Belgian picked up what was labelled by Jose Mourinho as a “bad” back injury during Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Hull City, and was expected to miss the Manchester derby on September 10.

However, it was recently confirmed by Belgian journalist Kristoff Terreur that Fellaini had “completely recovered” from his injury.

The 28-year-old was pictured training with Roberto Martinez’s side ahead of their World Cup Qualifier in Cyprus.

Of all the players in this galvanised Manchester United squad, it is perhaps Fellaini who has made the most dramatic resurgence. A peripheral, often criticised figure last year, the fuzzy-headed midfielder now has a clear purpose under Jose Mourinho – to add boisterious impetus to the midfield, charging forward and leaving opponents on the floor.

Next to Paul Pogba, who controls the game with his power and skill, he is Man United’s battering ram, a constant presence of physicality and hostility.

And when Pep Guardiola and Co roll into town, Fellaini’s input will be crucial. Manchester City’s game plan under the Spaniard relies on creating space in the midfield through zonal positioning and precise passing; so far, the system has worked. But with Fellaini’s rambunctious presence, that no-nonsense attitude so pervasive in his game, City’s midfield will have something new to contend with.

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