Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini could be sidelined for the best part of two months after undergoing an operation on a recurring knee problem. The Belgium international made his comeback from a previous injury in January but his return would only last for a few appearances off the bench.
The 30-year-old was brought on as a second-half substitute during the Red Devils’ 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in midweek, but his participation was restricted to just seven minutes following which he suffered a recurrence of a knee issue, which has affected him since October.
Since then, the Mancunian giants have returned to winning ways with a 2-0 Premier League win over Huddersfield Town and shortly after the game, Mourinho confirmed that Fellaini would not be available for around two months following a knee surgery, as per Sky Sports.
Fellaini’s injury appeared to affect the midfield depth during the first half of the season, but fortunately for United, they have found themselves another top-notch player from their academy. Scott McTominay has filled in the boots for United on several occasions this term and of late, he has been preferred ahead of Paul Pogba.
Obviously, Pogba was not in the best of form against Spurs and Mourinho appears to have made it clear that no player can have his position for granted under his management, where United have already won a couple of major trophies.
Fellaini is due to return to first-team action towards the end of the season and it will be interesting to see whether the Belgian will ink terms over a new contract beyond the summer. The midfielder has already turned down advances from United earlier in the season and he has seemingly made his mind up for a new challenge, barring Mourinho assuring him of regular gametime in the future.
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