Manchester United have been dealt a blow with midfielder Marouane Fellaini ruled out for up to two months with a knee injury, the club confirmed on their official website.
The Belgian international lasted just seven minutes after coming off the bench in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, to the bemusement of many who initially didn’t realise the reason for his quick departure.
Manager Jose Mourinho explained to BT Sport: “I think I was unlucky with Fellaini as I wanted to change a little bit the dynamic of the team. After a couple of minutes, he was injured.
“It’s always the same thing. It is the lateral ligament. I don’t think it’s a big, big thing but he was immediately feeling something and telling us he couldn’t carry on.”
Fellaini has endured a difficult season with Manchester United. The 30-year-old, who joined from Everton back in 2013, has made just three Premier League starts this campaign. He’s made only four starts in all competitions, and finds himself out of contract in the summer.
A serious knee injury is the last thing he needs given there are just three months left of the season. Fellaini is now a doubt for Saturday’s meeting with Huddersfield Town, and he’ll be hoping the knee injury isn’t a serious one that threatens to cut his campaign short.
The ex-Standard Liege midfielder, who’s scored 16 goals in 80 appearances for the Belgian national team, has racked up more than 140 games for Manchester United.
He rejected their latest contract offer and has an uncertain future as a result – although Mourinho has stated his desire to keep Fellaini numerous times.