Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Marouane Fellaini has undergone a knee surgery which will restrict him from first-team action until the end of March. The Belgium international suffered the setback during the defeat at Tottenham Hotspur last week, and the 30-year-old has now had an operation to rectify the minor issue.
Speaking after the Huddersfield game, Mourinho said that Fellaini is sidelined for the best part of a couple of months, though he fancies the Belgian to return to first-team duties during the final stages of the campaign, he told Sky Sports: “He had surgery this morning. I don’t want to be very specific. I prefer the doctor to give some official information. But it is not the end of the season (for him). Not at all. It was just a small intervention in the external meniscus. I think by the end of March he can be back, and by then I hope we will have a big April and big May, in more than one competition.”
Fellaini suffered a knee sprain during a World Cup qualifier versus Bosnia & Herzegovina in October, and he has since failed to overcome the injury completely, having previously missed matches during the festive period, shortly after his initial comeback.
Mourinho has stressed that the surgery won’t rule Fellaini out for the campaign, but the Belgian’s long-term future still remains under doubt with his existing deal due to expire in the summer. The Portuguese tactician has repeatedly revealed his intention to keep hold of Fellaini but the midfielder has yet to respond to the latest contract offer.