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Manchester United Midfielder To Miss Out On Crucial Christmas Period

Manchester United have been dealt yet another blow in the injury department after yesterday’s revelation regarding Eric Bailly.

Jose Mourinho confirmed that the Ivorian would be out of action until at least March due to an ankle injury that will require surgery. While that absence was just sinking in, another Red Devil is now set to miss out on one of the most critical periods of the season.

As one of the leftover signings from the David Moyes era, Marouane Fellaini has endured a tough few years at Old Trafford since his move from Everton. While always favoured by managers throughout due to being a nightmare to play against, Fellaini stepped up this season with a series of good performances and important goals.

He nailed down a starting place in September upon Paul Pogba’s hamstring injury, but suffered damage to his own knee while on international duty in October, bringing his momentum to a shuddering halt.

This meant a month-long absence, and the 30-year-old had been mainly restricted to substitute appearances in his four games since his November return. More time was needed to recover fully, with the midfielder’s last game coming against Brighton last month.

Unfortunately, the intervening three weeks hasn’t been enough for Fellaini to make a full recovery. Instead, per The Telegraph’s James Ducker, the Belgian will be unavailable until the new year.

That crammed festive season includes games against West Brom, Bristol City, Leicester City, Burnley, and Southampton, and that’s in December alone. The first five days of 2018 for United see a visit to Goodison Park to play Everton, along with an FA Cup tie against Derby County.

Paul Pogba will soon return to the fold, but along with Fellaini, he will miss tomorrow’s encounter with West Brom as he serves the final game of his three match ban.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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