The Belgian, who has claimed two goals this season, was subject to a crunching foul from Shane Long during Man United’s 1-0 win over Southampton last weekend and, despite playing the rest of the match, was seen leaving Saint Mary’s on crutches.
Mourinho suffers something of a midfield headache in Moscow with Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick all unavailable for selection, leaving him with Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and youngster Scott McTominay.
But the 54-year-old, speaking at a press conference ahead of the game, confirmed that Fellaini’s injury is not as bad as first thought.
“I thought the referee Craig Pawson had a great game,” he said. “It was only when I saw it on TV that I realised that Fellaini was very lucky [not to have a serious injury. I do not expect him to be out for long.”
Any other player would have suffered a broken ankle under the weight of that challenge from Long. That Mourinho was given his marching orders and the Irishman only received a yellow is, in hindsight, nothing short of comical.
Thankfully, laying a serious blow on Fellaini takes much more than that. The Belgian played on, after all, and has experienced the painful vicissitudes of Premier League life on many occasions.
Supporters will be glad to see him return to action following the international break (yes, I know, another international break), with Pogba hopefully following suit not long after.