Marouane Fellaini has been pictured at the ‘Move to Cure’ clinic in Antwerp as he begins his recovery from knee surgery.
The Belgian, who has been hampered by knee problems since October, came off just eight minutes into his substitute appearance against Tottenham Hotspur last week.
Jose Mourinho later confirmed that Fellaini would undergo surgery and return to action by the end of March.
And the 30-year-old, with a bandage on his knee following surgery, has been pictured with acclaimed physiotherapist Lieven Maesschaick – who has worked with AC Milan and the Belgian national team – at the ‘Move to Cure’ clinic, a rehabilitation centre favoured by the likes of Romelu Lukaku in the past.
Following the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in late September it felt as if the only way was up for Fellaini, who had essentially made forget about the injury to Paul Pogba with a series of forceful, effective displays in the middle.
But then the footballing gods, for whatever reason, decided to smite him down. Roberto Martinez started the Belgian in a pointless friendly away to Bosnia and Herzegovina ahead of the trip to Anfield and, on a bobbly surface, the knee problems begun there and he only has one Man United start to his name since.
Perhaps Fellaini was simply playing too well that, in the interest of fairness to others, the Belgian Zidane had to be stopped.