Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has revealed that midfielder Marouane Fellaini in fact suffered knee ligament damage against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
“Marouane, it has been confirmed that he has got ligament damage,” Martinez told the Daily Star. “He has gone back to Manchester United. It was a very unfortunate injury for Marouane. I don’t think the state of the pitch played any part. A collision between two strong players, very committed that they want to win the ball, and unfortunately Marouane ended with a damaged ligament.”
The club has remained mum on the timetable for the 29-year-old’s injury, instead claiming that they have yet to assess the extent of the injury. Martinez has not yet contacted Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho about Fellaini’s injury.
“I have not had any communication with Jose Mourinho on the subject of Marouane,” Martinez said, per the Daily Mirror.
When Manchester United travels to Liverpool this weekend, the heralded club will also be without both Paul Pogba or Michael Carrick. Fellaini has appeared in seven games for United and has netted four goals.
Fellaini was previously property of Everton, where he signed a five-year deal in September 2008. After scoring 25 goals over 141 appearances with the club, he moved on to Manchester United in the form of a four-year deal in September 2013. The team activated his one-year extension clause in January in order for the midfielder to stay with the club.
Fellaini’s first goal of the season came on August 26 during a 2-0 win over Leicester City.