Martinez: Fellaini injury won't sour relationship with Mourinho

Martinez: Fellaini injury won't sour relationship with Mourinho

The timing is particular bad for Manchester United with his fellow midfielders Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick also now unavailable.

Yet the prospect of Lukaku aggravating his ankle would infuriate Mourinho ahead of United's Premier League trip to Liverpool on Saturday, especially as Belgium have already secured qualification for the World Cup finals in Russian Federation and the forward only resumed full training on Monday.

The Sun have reported that United's medical staff expect Pogba to be absent until late December, meaning that he will miss crucial Premier League games against Chelsea and Tottenham.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is confident Lukaku is fit enough to face Cyprus, but he has stated that the 24-year-old will be used wisely.

"I have not had any communication with Jose Mourinho on the subject of Marouane", Martinez said, per the Daily Mirror.

"Romelu is fit and available, he's training with us tonight, ' Martinez said on Monday".

A statement later released on Belgium's Twitter confirmed his fears and revealed the extent of Fellaini's injury.

Mourinho's team face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday in a lunchtime kickoff before a Champions League trip to Benfica on Wednesday.

The club are believed to be concerned that his running style may have been the cause of the injury, and are considering using a running coach in the hope of avoiding a recurrence.

"He is still a very young player but he has coped easily with the expectations and whatever Man United put on him".

The Portuguese manager is already without Paul Pogba, who is a long-term absentee while Michael Carrick also remains sidelined with a knock. After scoring 25 goals over 141 appearances with the club, he moved on to Manchester United in the form of a four-year deal in September 2013.

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