Marouane Fellaini has been sidelined after picking up a minor injury during his international duty with Belgium, reports Times.
The former Everton man had been called up to represent Belgium for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers. However, though his country tasted a 2-1 victory over Greece, Fellaini picked up a minor calf injury which saw him get left out of the squad facing Stoke City today.
Many United supporters speculated that the Belgian had been dropped from the squad due to his recent performances, but does not seem to be the case. Moreover, boss Jose Mourinho seems to be an admirer of the player, who is usually not seen missing out on important matches.
On the other hand, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, and Paul Pogba start for the Red Devils in their clash at the Bet365 Stadium against Stoke – a fixture they have failed to win since 2013.
It is still not clear when the midfielder is expected to be back on the pitch for the Mancunians, however, reports suggest his injury is not a huge one.
With the perfect midfield mechanism Mourinho has formulated with the addition of Matic, it is safe to say United will not miss Fellaini, though they are missing a crucial man on the bench, who can come off and make an impact on the game.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
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