After the 1-0 win against Hull City, Manchester United manager José Mourinho said that Marouane Fellaini has suffered a bad back injury and could be out for some time, thereby effectively ending his chances of taking part in the Manchester derby.
“I am going to lose Fellaini for a while. He has a muscle injury in his back and it is not good,” said Mourinho in a presser after the game against Hull City.
Fellaini has played every minute of Manchester United’s 2016-2017 Premier League campaign. The Belgian has undergone a wonderful transformation under José Mourinho, after having 3 bad seasons at the club with most of the fans wanting him to be sent out of the club.
Some weeks ago, Mourinho revealed that it was a simple phone call that changed Fellaini’s fortunes.
He said: “Maybe a simple phone call can make a difference.
“[He was] a player that was feeling not loved. A player that when the season and the market opened, everybody was saying he was leaving and was not a player for me.
“But maybe a simple phone call the day after my presentation as Manchester United manager changed a lot because I told him ‘forget everything you read, for me you don’t leave, for sure’.”
Fortunately for Manchester United fans, Fellaini may be able to take part in Saturday’s derby.
Fellaini had gone to the Belgium camp for the World Cup qualifiers, but was expected to be sent back to Manchester United due to him not being fit.
He missed the first game against Spain, but it has now emerged that he did train on Sunday, and could be in contention to play against Cyprus.