Boss Confirms Major Manchester United Injury Boost Ahead Of Chelsea Clash

By on October 17, 2018

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Jose Mourinho has been handed a huge injury boost as Marouane Fellaini is expected to be fit for Manchester United’s trip to Chelsea this weekend.

Fellaini was an unused substitute during Belgium’s 2-1 Nations League victory over Switzerland last week before not being involved at all in the match-day squad for Tuesday night’s 1-1 friendly draw against Holland in Brussels.

Reports circulating in the media suggested that Fellaini had picked up a minor groin injury in training and it sparked fears the midfielder may miss Man Utd’s trip to west London to take on Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has admitted he left Fellaini out of the squad against Holland because he wasn’t ‘100 per cent’ fit but claims the 30-year-old should recover in the next few days to put himself in contention to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

Martinez is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News:

“He [Fellaini] should be fine, it’s just he wasn’t 100 per cent. He’s got an important game at the weekend and this wasn’t the game to use players who weren’t 100 per cent.

“We expect he should be fine in the next couple of days.”

The news will come as a welcome relief to Mourinho as Nemanja Matic is a doubt to face his former club on Saturday due to a back injury while Ander Herrera, Scott McTominay and Jesse Lingard are also carrying knocks so Fellaini’s availability would give United a much-needed option in the middle of the park.

The Belgian international has made 11 appearances in all competitions for Man Utd so far this season and Mourinho may call on him again as he looks to improve upon their eighth-place position in the Premier League with a positive result at Chelsea.

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