Fellaini to miss Liverpool clash

Manchester United struggling to convince star to stay at Old Trafford

With United gearing up for a mouthwatering encounter with Liverpool at Anfield next weekend, Jose Mourinho would have been nervously awaiting the results of scans to Fellaini's ankle.

Manager Roberto Martinez withdrew the 29-year-old soon after and revealed at full time that he feared the worst, with ligament damage - and another lengthy spell on the sidelines - a real possibility.

The full extent of Fellaini's injury won't be clear until he undergoes a scan, but he will play no part in Belgium's final group game on Tuesday against Cyprus.

Those fears have been eased slightly, as the Belgian FA have confirmed that they expect the former Everton man to be injured for "a few weeks", and that there has been do damage done to the ligaments.

The Belgium worldwide sprained his left knee in the World Cup qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday, as he lasted just 29 minutes of his team's 4-3 win in Sarajevo.

Fellaini could miss seven games in just three weeks.

In addition to that titanic clash with Liverpool, Fellaini is also set to miss the Champions League trip to Benfica and the Premier League visit to Huddersfield Town.

In addition to the opponents of the Reds, Manchester United will appear in five other matches, including a hard game in the Champions League to face Benfica in Lisbon, 18 October.

Fellaini has scored four goals for United this season, including two in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in their last game before the worldwide break.

United are now second in the table, behind neighbours Manchester City on goal difference, and seven points ahead of Liverpool.

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