Manchester United’s week goes from bad to worse with the news that Marouane Fellaini could be out for up to two months.
The Belgian has recently returned from a spell on the sidelines due to a knee injury suffered back in October on international duty after suffering third degree damage to the medial collateral ligament.
He returned to action one month later, featuring in just four games before aggravating the problem once again, which kept him out for six weeks. He made his return on January the 5th in the FA Cup tie against Derby as a late substitute, before also being brought on against Stoke and Burnley with 10 and 18 minutes to play respectively.
He was then brought on in the 63rd minute of Manchester United’s midweek embarrassment against Tottenham, replacing Paul Pogba. As I wrote yesterday, Pogba was berated by Jose Mourinho on the touchline, before being substituted moments later after a disappointing game. Seven minutes later, with Marcus Rashford ready to replace Anthony Martial, Jose Mourinho made a last minute switch and brought Ander Herrera and to replace Fellaini. Many questioned if Jose had seen enough and dealt out the ultimate embarrassment to the Belgian before he confirmed it was due to injury.
The 30-year-old had aggregated that same MCL injury suffered back in October. He had a scan on the problem on Thursday to which he is due to find out the results today. However, according to James Ducker in the Telegraph, if the problem is as bad as it is feared, and with a prolonged period of rest not working previously, the Belgian could be forced to go under the surgeons knife. That procedure is likely to keep him out of action for the next eight weeks. During that time, he will miss important matches, including both legs of the Champions League last 16 tie, their FA Cup last 16 tie, as well as seven Premier League games including Chelsea, Liverpool and potentially, Manchester City.
United will be hoping for good news today though.