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Marouane Fellaini facing two months on the sideline

The Belgian may have damaged the same knee ligaments that have become a recurring problem.

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Marouane Fellaini is potentially facing surgery and two months on the sideline after picking up a knee injury against Spurs on Wednesday night. The Belgian came off the bench in the 2-0 defeat, but lasted less than 10 minutes before being replaced by Ander Herrera.

Fellaini appears to have damaged the same knee ligament that he has been plagued with all season. According to ESPN, the midfielder has undergone a scan on Thursday to determine the severity of the injury. If problematic, he may face surgery and a lengthy spell on the sidelines. The 30-year-old has already been under the media microscope for a possible transfer away from Old Trafford, so it will be interesting to see if this latest set-back in fitness will affect José Mourinho’s decision.

Fellaini first suffered this knee injury back in October, while on international duty with Belgium. He returned a month later in the 1-0 away defeat to Chelsea. 20 days later, he suffered more damage to the knee against Brighton that saw him back in the treatment room for six more weeks. He returned in a cameo role against Derby in the FA Cup at the start of January, and has played a total of 35 minutes in three Premier League games since.

It’s expected that we will hear more news about the severity of the injury in the manager’s press conference on Friday morning.