Maroaune Fellaini will miss Manchester United’s trip to Anfield on Saturday after suffering a medial collateral ligament sprain during Belgium’s 4-3 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina over the weekend.
The Belgian came into the international break with a lingering ankle problem and initially couldn’t train with the first team squad along with Romelu Lukaku.
Nevertheless, Roberto Martinez started Fellaini and, on what was a terrible pitch, the 29-year-old was forced off in the first half with a knee problem.
And it has been confirmed following a scan that Fellaini – an indispensable presence under Jose Mourinho in recent weeks – will miss two weeks of action.
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This, ladies and gentlemen, is why the international break is anathema to any football fan. Belgium had already qualified for the World Cup, Fellaini already had nagging problems, the pitch was a minefield, and yet Martinez nevertheless thought starting the Belgian was a good idea.
And now he misses a game that really matters – a game that, from a tactical standpoint, he was always going to have an important role in.
Make no mistake, Mourinho will now be focusing on readjusting his strategy for the clash with Jurgen Klopp’s men next Saturday, and supporters will just pray that their side doesn’t suffer too much as a result.