Marouane Fellaini could miss Manchester United’s next three Premier League games after elbowing Aleksandar Kolarov in the Manchester derby.
The Belgian threw an elbow at Kolarov as Man United pushed for an equaliser in the second half, knocking out one of the defender’s teeth.
Fellaini has featured in all of United’s games so far this season, displaying an immense resurgence under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho.
However, it was reported by the Manchester Evening News that the FA are looking into Saturday’s incident, and could hand the 28-year-old a retrospective three match ban for violent conduct, meaning the midfielder would miss upcoming games against Watford, Northampton and Leicester City.
Often the subject of widespread derision last year, Fellaini has quickly morphed into an indispensable, powerful presence at the heart of Mourinho’s midfield, and a three game man could heavily impair the Portuguese’s plans in the coming weeks.
After a tumultuous first-half, Fellaini was deployed further forward and immediately pushed Manchester City’s defence onto the back-foot in what was a furious, chaotic and downright absorbing last 45 minutes. However, the midfielder’s inability to thwart the likes of Kevin De Bryune and David Silva highlighted United’s need for a sturdier, more defensively orientated midfielder to play alongside Paul Pogba.
Perhaps the Belgian’s three game ban serves as a blessing in disguise as Mourinho – who could call on the likes of Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Morgan Schneiderlin – looks to diagnose this problem.