Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out of Manchester United’s trip to Liverpool on Saturday because of strained medial knee ligaments and it is expected he will need a number of weeks to recover.
The Belgian has scored four goals in six appearances for United this season, including two in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in their last game before the international break, and his absence stacks upon player selection problems for United’s manager Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese had already seen his squad lose a vital player in midfielder Paul Pogba — who was out with a serious hamstring problem.
In Pogba’s place, Fellaini had been paired with Nemanja Matic in the United midfield ahead of Ander Herrera, who was first-choice last season, before sustaining the injury in Belgium’s 4-3 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier in Sarajevo. – Cara Daftar Sbobet
But Fellaini — whose involvement in the game against Bosnia-Herzegovina has already been criticised by a frustrated Mourinho as Belgium had already qualified for Russia 2018 — was forced off the pitch in a limp after just 29 minutes after hurting his left knee in an awkward fall.
Mourinho would thus have to to cope with their absence by solely relying on Matic on Herrera in their visit against Liverpool ahead of a busy October for United, which includes six games including playing Benfica in Lisbon four days after the Liverpool game, and a potentially difficult fixture against Tottenham towards the end of the month.
However, further problems could lie just ahead for United as Romelu Lukaku, Fellaini’s club and international team-mate, is due to have a test on Monday before Belgian coach Roberto Martínez decides whether to choose him for Tuesday night’s final Group H qualifier against Cyprus.
Lukaku had been absent in the match against Bosnia-Herzegovina because of an ankle problem.