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07th Oct 2017

Marouane Fellaini injured in Belgium game and could be out for a few weeks

"We are all worried about Fellaini"

Robert Redmond

Jose Mourinho won’t be happy.

Manchester United could be without Marouane Fellaini for a few weeks. The Belgian midfielder went off injured during his country’s World Cup qualifier away to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday afternoon.

Fellaini lasted just 29 minutes of the 4-3 win before being substituted after a Bosnian player landed awkwardly on his left knee. There are fears that he has suffered knee ligament damage.

“We are all worried about Fellaini,” Roberto Martinez, the Belgium manager, said after the game.

“We fear that there’s ligament damage.”

The full extent of Fellaini’s injury won’t be clear until he undergoes a scan, but he will play no part in Belgium’s final group game on Tuesday against Cyprus. The 29-year-old midfielder is also a big doubt for United’s trip to Anfield to play Liverpool next Saturday, and could be on the sidelines for a few weeks.

His injury will undoubtedly cause Jose Mourinho a headache. The United manager is already without the injured Paul Pogba, and he will wonder why Fellaini was risked in the game when Belgium have already secured their place at the World Cup.

The pitch at the Grbavica Stadium in Sarajevo also wasn’t exactly ideal, and might get a mention in Mourinho’s next press conference.

Fellaini has been in good form for United recently, and has become a key player for Mourinho, scoring four goals in eight games this season.

The Belgian scored twice against Crystal Palace in the final match before the international break and has been preferred in midfield ahead of Ander Herrera, the club’s player of the year last season.