Marouane Fellaini could reportedly be set to face a lengthy spell on the side-lines after sustaining a knee injury during Manchester United’s defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
The Belgian suffered a knock on his knee after clashing with Chelsea defender David Luiz midway through the first half.
The 28-year-old is now expected to undergo a scan at Carrington today to reveal the full extent of his injury but he is widely expected to be ruled out for several weeks.
News of Fellaini’s injury will come as a huge blow to Jose Mourinho who now looks set to be without the midfielder for the forthcoming games against Manchester City, Burnley and Fenerbahce.
Fellaini may not be a fan favourite amongst the Old Trafford faithful but he is still a player that can play a key role for Manchester United as the season progresses. His aerial threat in the box combined with his excellent work rate on the field makes him a real asset for Mourinho and is one which he will undoubtedly miss in the coming weeks ahead.
In having Fellaini at the club it gives Mourinho another different option to have. There are no other players in the Manchester United ranks which can offer what the Belgian does and with the Belgian missing it limits Mourinho’s options. There will be times in games where United may not necessary be able to break the opposition down by playing fast flow attacking football and may have to resort to launching the ball into the box to find that last ditch winner and in Fellaini he is a player who can cause real havoc in the opposition box.
With Manchester City next up on the agenda at Old Trafford it brings with it a must win game for Mourinho. Having suffered a defeat at Stamford Bridge last time out the Portuguese can simply not afford to lose another big game and in Fellaini’s absence he will look to Michael Carrick to come in and fill the gap left by the Belgian in the heart of United’s midfield in a bid to get Manchester United’s season back on track.