Marouane Fellaini to be assessed for possible hamstring tear
Belgian the 11th Manchester United first team player sidelined through injury
Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini could be out for a number of weeks with a suspected hamstring tear. Photograph: AFP
Fellaini was in his homeland of Belgium on Wednesday to be examined by a trusted specialist there but is now back in Manchester to be assessed by the club.
Louis van Gaal left the midfielder out of his 18-player squad for Thursday evening’s Europa League last-32 opening leg at Midjytlland in Herning. Van Gaal was also unable to select Wayne Rooney due to a knee injury that will keep the captain out for at least six games.
If Fellaini’s fears are confirmed it will be the latest injury blow suffered by the manager. The high number of players unavailable may cause Van Gaal and the club to investigate, particularly as the Dutchman’s squad also suffered a similar number of injury problems in the opening half of last season.