Marouane Fellaini Injury: Updates on United Star's Wrist, Likely Return Date
Manchester United tweeted:
Telegraph reporter Mark Ogden has the latest:
Marouane Fellaini could postpone surgery on his injured wrist until after the World Cup after Manchester United manager David Moyes revealed that the player may not need an operation for up to two years.
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 10
From Belgium team doctor Kris Van Crombrugge, via Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star:
In accordance with Manchester United’s club doctor, Marouane could have surgery in December or January, unless he is ruled out in the meantime by something such as a suspension.
If this (operation) happens he will need a recovery period of one week, two at the most.
Beyond that he can resume by using a brace to protect the wrist. The surgery is not urgent and that’s why it can be delayed.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 9
From Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail:
Marouane Fellaini faces up to six weeks out of action when he finally has surgery on his injured wrist.
Manchester United's Belgium international will continue to play for club and county in the coming weeks in a special cast as the damage he has sustained to the ligaments is not expected to get any worse.
However, it is understood that the summer signing from Everton will need an operation to repair the problem and that he faces more than a month on the sidelines at that point.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 8
From Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots, via Jamie Jackson of the Guardian:
Marouane Fellaini should be able to play for Belgium against Croatia in Zagreb on Friday. Marouane has suffered wrist ligament injury and will have to undergo surgery. He will join the squad and train on Tuesday with a splint.
As far as I am concerned, in principle he is able to play Friday. This does not mean that he will automatically play. I have not heard from Manchester United asking that the operation should be as quickly as possible.
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 7
From David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror:
Marouane Fellaini will be out for several weeks after undergoing surgery to address a wrist problem.
Fellaini will see a hand specialist in Manchester on Monday, before flying to Belgium to be assessed by the national team doctor.
The 25-year-old has suffered ligament damage in his wrist, which will require an operation.
UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 6
Jamie Jackson of The Guardian has an update on Marouane Fellani's status for Manchester United:
Marouane Fellani has a hand injury which could rule him out of Manchester United games beyond the international break. There are fears that he may have strained ligaments.
The midfielder, whom United signed from Everton for £27.5m on the last day of the summer transfer window, is due to see a hand specialist in Manchester on Monday before joining Belgium's World Cup squad and it is thought he made need surgery.
If so, Fellaini may have to play with a brace when he returns. The United manager, David Moyes, was without the Belgian for Saturday evening's 2-1 win at Sunderland due to the injury.
Fellaini has played five matches for United this season, three in the Premier League and two in the Champions League. Last season, he scored 11 goals and notched five assists with Everton.
The 25-year-old is United's fourth-most expensive signing of all time at £27.5 million. The natural midfielder had just hinted that he would be willing to play defense for the club. United has allowed nine goals in seven matches this season, near the bottom of the table in the category.
This would be a tough loss to take if the injury is serious. Moyes certainly seemed like he didn't like what he saw. The squad is currently ninth in the Premier League with 10 points (3-1-3).
It's been a rough takeover for Moyes so far. After Sir Alex Ferguson went out with a bang—leading United to an EPL title last season—Moyes has been under scrutiny (understandably). Thus far, he has not lived up to the sky-high expectations for the club.
This is the last thing Moyes wanted. His biggest signing may now be seriously injured, and United, already in the middle of the table as teams like Liverpool and Arsenal roll along, may have to trudge on without the star midfielder.
United's new boss may want to take a page from Arsene Wenger's book. The Arsenal manager knows all about high expectations and the stress that accompanies them.
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