Marouane Fellaini Injury: Updates on Manchester United Star's Foot and Return

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12:  Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United in action during the Pre Season Friendly match between Manchester United and Valencia at Old Trafford on August 12, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Updates from Sunday, Oct. 5

Manchester United announced Marouane Fellaini's availability for today's match:


Updates from Friday, Oct. 3

Manchester United's official Twitter feed provided an update on Fellaini's status, courtesy of manager Louis van Gaal:

Updates from Monday, Sept. 22

Marouane Fellaini is nearing his return to action for Manchester United following a spell on the sidelines with a foot injury.

The midfielder posted on his official Facebook page:

Marouane Fellaini's official Facebook page


Updates from Sunday, Sept. 21

Manchester United confirmed Marouane Fellaini is still not fit to play:


Updates from Friday, Sept. 12

Manchester United's official Twitter feed has the latest on Fellaini:


Updates from Thursday, Aug. 28

Martin Blackburn of the The Sun provides the latest update on Marouane Fellaini and a possible timetable for his return:


Updates from Friday, Aug. 22

Manchester United's official Twitter feed has the latest on Fellaini:

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Marouane Fellaini appears bound to Manchester United until at least January after suffering an injury in training.

The Belgian midfielder was pictured entering Bridgwater hospital on crutches by The Sun, according to a report via ESPN. 101 Great Goals also tweeted the newspaper's photo of Fellaini with his foot in a protective cast:

Jamie Jackson of The Guardian provides further detail:

Adam Crafton of The Daily Mail reported more on the early diagnosis for Fellaini:

Sportsmail understands that the early prognosis is that the Belgium star has not broken his ankle but there are fears in his native land that he has suffered ankle ligament damage. Fellaini is awaiting the result of further scans.

It is now extremely unlikely Fellaini will be able to secure a move away from Manchester United this season. The Red Devils midfielder has endured a torrid time since joining from Everton last summer and is yet to truly fit in at the club.

His unwieldy style, which often sees the big man throw elbows, adds an uneasy sense of rhythm to United's midfield play. He isn't a great passer of the ball, struggles to maintain position and is prone to lapses in concentration.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16:  Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United competes with Ki Sung-Yeung of Swansea City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on August 16, 2014 in Manchester, Engl
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That said, Fellaini is a behemoth in the air and can provide a direct attacking route if last-ditched attempts are needed (as we saw during United's loss to Swansea on Saturday).

Napoli were said to be weighing up a loan move, per David Wright of the Daily Express, but will be put off by Fellaini's current state. He hasn't maintained consistent fitness since heading to United in 2013, meaning he will likely be forced to remain at the club until at least the winter transfer window.

Fellaini's stock has dropped so low he was even jeered by United fans during their pre-season win over Valencia. The 26-year-old scored an injury-time winner in that match, his first goal for the club, despite notching an impressive 11 in 31 Premier League fixtures for Everton the season prior, per

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 05: Chris Smalling and Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United put Luuk de Jong of Newcastle United under pressure during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United  at St James' Pa
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The afro-haired midfielder is yet to replicate his Toffees form at the Theatre of Dreams, where he has become synonymous with David Moyes' reign of failure. Fellaini has always appeared of greater use when attacking the opposition's box with late runs rather than trying to dictate the pace of play on the halfway line.

Like many of his teammates, Fellaini's career could use a change of scenery. United's system has never suited his style of play, which was true even when Moyes was in charge. Louis van Gaal is unlikely to incorporate the player into his 3-5-2 formation, one that hinges on the midfield being able to transition between defensive and offensive duties in an instant.

Fellaini certainly has plenty to offer when utilised in an advanced role, but his latest injury provides another hurdle during a difficult spell with United. Both he and the club may have been craving a loan move this summer, a possibility that now appears off the table.