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Marouane Fellaini injury not as bad as first thought, but confusion remains

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Marouane Fellaini could only be absent for two weeks rather than two months after the Belgian is set to play for his national team.

Clive Brunskill

Marouane Fellaini is likely to play both games for Belgium in the international break after his wrist injury seemed to be less severe than first feared.

Fellaini had initially been tentatively ruled out for up to two months, but the player will play with a wrist brace and will have his surgery postponed until December or January (likely after the busy Christmas period), after which he will only miss two weeks of football.

Although United have a run of easier games coming up, this is preferable to a repeat of the situation last year with Shinji Kagawa, where an injury early into the season sidelined him and prevented him from securing a place in the team, which has continued to pose a problem up until this season. Although Fellaini has far less competition for places, it is a role where knowing his teammates is essential, so it's good to avoid that at least.