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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

Man United's midfield woes worsen as Fellaini suffers knee injury ahead of Liverpool clash

Belgian midfielder  lasted just 29 minutes of a World Cup qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo before limping off after landing awkwardly

Marouane Fellaini picked up the injury during Belgium's 2018 World Cup qualifier in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Fehim Demir / EPA
Marouane Fellaini picked up the injury during Belgium's 2018 World Cup qualifier in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Fehim Demir / EPA

Manchester United's midfield injury concerns deepened on Saturday when in-form Belgian Marouane Fellaini picked up a knee injury on international duty and could face an extended spell on the sidelines.

Fellaini has been pivotal to United's unbeaten start to the season but lasted just 29 minutes of a World Cup qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo before limping off after landing awkwardly on his knee.

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Although the 29-year-old left the Grbavica Stadium in Sarajevo without the use of crutches following Belgium's 4-3 win, manager Roberto Martinez offered a sombre assessment of the player's condition.

"We are all worried about Fellaini," Martinez told reporters. "We fear that there's ligament damage."

The Belgian FA said the player would undergo an MRI scan on Sunday.

"It is something to be worried about on first sight. Ligaments, left knee. More news tomorrow," it said.

United manager Jose Mourinho had voiced concerns over how the international break could stall his side's momentum ahead of next Saturday's high-profile clash against Liverpool at Anfield and a mounting injury list will only dampen his mood.

Record signing Paul Pogba is a long-term absentee after picking up a hamstring injury against Basel in the Uefa Champions League last month and Michael Carrick, who has played just once this season, is also a major doubt for the Liverpool match.

After amassing 19 points from seven league games, United are second in the standings below neighbours Manchester City on goal difference.