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Fellaini facing six weeks out

23 December 2013 13:35

Manchester United manager David Moyes expects Marouane Fellaini to be out for six weeks after the midfielder had surgery on his wrist.

The Belgium international originally damaged his wrist in October, but had been playing with a protective cast and delaying an operation due to other injuries within United's squad.

United chose to address the issue after Fellaini missed the victory over West Ham on Saturday with a back injury.

A club spokesperson confirmed to Perform on Monday that Fellaini had undergone surgery, with Moyes offering further detail at his subsequent press conference.

"He had his operation on Saturday morning," Moyes confirmed. "We just couldn't get him recovered from his back injury, so we made a quick decision to get his wrist operated on - get it done quickly.

"We think it will be six weeks but there's a chance it will be shorter than that.

"His back problem was just going to take time. The back problem was a muscle injury, which wasn’t healing so it was maybe going to take longer than expected. That's why we decided to get the wrist done."

United's decision to resolve Fellaini's problem will have been made easier by the return to fitness of fellow midfielder Darren Fletcher, while Michael Carrick is also thought to be close to a comeback.

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