Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has had a wrist operation which is expected to keep him out of action for up to two months.
The Belgium star underwent the procedure to repair tendon damage at a hospital in the North West over the weekend.
Fellaini – a £27.5m signing from Everton in the summer – suffered the injury to his wrist weeks ago but has been playing in a protective cast in a bid to help United through a time when they have suffered other midfield injuries.
However, Fellaini’s recent absence with a back problem – coupled with the imminent return to action of Michael Carrick – has prompted United manager David Moyes to send the former Everton player in for surgery slightly earlier than anticipated.
The 26-year-old will now miss a huge chunk of United’s winter programme but has an outside chance of being back in action by the time the club’s Champions League campaign resumes towards the end of February.
Moyes had warned on Friday that he may decide to bring forward Fellaini’s surgery, saying: ‘Fellaini has got an injury to his back which we hope might have healed up but I’m going to send him for another scan and if it hasn’t healed up I might need to take a decision and get his wrist done as well.
‘We hope his back would only be 10 day or so but he is still feeling it.
‘We’re waiting to see. We’re not going to say we’re doing that (wrist operation) yet but that would keep him out for about six weeks.’
Fellaini has played 11 times in total for United this season but had not featured since hurting his back in the 1-0 home league defeat by Everton at Old Trafford on December 4.
His fellow midfielder Carrick has also been out of action for a number of weeks with an achilles injury but will return over the festive period, perhaps as early as Boxing Day.
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