Manchester United midfielder, Marouane Fellaini, has been ruled out of action for four weeks due to a calf injury, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has confirmed.
The Belgium international will miss his side’s FA Cup fourth-round clash with Arsenal next week as well as the first leg of their Champions League tie with Paris Saint Germain at Old Trafford next month.
“There’s not many issues, I think just small niggles, as there always is at this point of the season”, Solskjaer stated at this morning’s press conference.
“Chris [Smalling], Marcos [Rojo] just started running lightly, so not fit yet. Alexis [Sanchez] has trained all week, so hopefully he’ll be available.”
“And Felli is the long-term one that’s out. He’ll be out for a few weeks. He’ll probably be at least three or four weeks. He’s got a calf problem and that’s sad.”
Fellaini has only played 31 minutes in the United jersey since the interim manager took charge, leading to rumours that his time at the club may be coming to an end.
He was left out of the 18-man squad who overcame Tottenham at Wembley last Sunday.
The 31-year-old signed a two-year extension with the club last summer but with rumoured interest from AC Milan and Porto, Manchester may look to offload him.
It is reported that they are asking for a fee of £15 million for Fellaini.
Despite the rumours, Solskjaer insisted that the Belgian can still contribute to the club upon his return from injury.
“There’s X-factors in different players and we all know Felli’s X-factor and then again he’ll be working hard to get back in when all the big games are coming as well.”
United welcome Brighton to Old Trafford tomorrow afternoon as the Norwegian goes on the hunt for his seventh consecutive win as caretaker boss.
He is the first manager in the club’s history to begin his career with six straight victories.