The Belgian, an effervescent force in midfield over the last few weeks, was forced off during the first half of Belgium’s 4-3 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina last weekend.
A scan later revealed that Fellaini had sprained his medial knee ligament and would be out for at least two weeks as a result.
And Mourinho, speaking to Sky Sports, was quick to question the “process” that led to Fellaini’s injury but made it clear that his emphasis was now firmly on giving other players a chance to impress.
“No blow, no problem,” he said.
“We don’t cry with injuries, we may cry with the process that leads to injures, but we don’t cry. We just trust the players that are going to help.”
The international break is not bad because of the extra games played. Every top player is used to playing two games over a four or five day period, after all.
No, the problem comes through the nature of these contests, and the one which oversaw Fellaini’s injury serves as a perfect example: the mixture of a terrible pitch, the pointless nature of the game (Belgium qualified for the World Cup back in September), and an almost 3,000 mile round trip was a recipe for disaster.