Marouane Fellaini is set to miss a number of key games for Manchester United after suffering an injury while on international duty with Belgium.
The midfielder has reportedly been ruled out for three weeks, meaning he’ll miss Man United’s fixtures against Liverpool, Huddersfield Town and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. He may also struggle to be fit for United’s trip to Chelsea.
As well as that, the Belgian will be unavailable for United’s two Champions League games against Portuguese side Benfica, and a trip to Swansea City in the EFL Cup.
In a busy time of the season, it’s a nightmare situation for manager Jose Mourinho.
Fellaini could miss seven games in just three weeks. Mourinho will be frustrated given the 29-year-old’s recent excellent form.
The injury is particularly notable for United given the extended absence of star man Paul Pogba who may not return until mid-November, after Fellaini, due to a hamstring injury suffered in mid-September.
There had been fears that Fellaini had suffered knee ligament damage, a far more serious injury that could have ruled him out for months rather than weeks.
It’s a relief, therefore, that it is not so serious, but no better in the short-term, with United missing two key midfielders going into Saturday’s fixture.
The disappointment from United fans at this news demonstrates how Fellaini, once a scapegoat at Old Trafford, has turned his career around at the club through sheer determination.