Marouane Fellaini will delay having surgery on a wrist injury until December.
The Belgian midfielder missed Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Sunderland because of the complaint.
It had been expected that the injury to his wrist ligaments would require immediate surgery, thus ruling him out of Belgium’s World Cup qualifiers and some key Manchester United Premier League fixtures until around December.
However according to Sky Sports, Fellaini, a £27.5 million deadline day buy from Everton, will delay the operation until December to ensure he won’t miss up to two crucial months of football.
Fellaini, who featured for Manchester United in their Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk in mid-week, will continue to play with a wrist guard, and is currently with the Belgium squad ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Croatia.
The decision appears to go against the wishes of Manchester United, who according to the Guardian would prefer that the midfielder went under the knife as soon as possible.
However Red Devils boss Marc Wilmots has denied that claim, and says Fellaini will be available for selection as normal.
"Marouane Fellaini should be able to play for Belgium against Croatia in Zagreb on Friday," he said.
"Marouane has suffered wrist ligament injury and will have to undergo surgery. He will join the squad and train on Tuesday with a splint.
“As far as I am concerned, in principle he is able to play Friday. This does not mean that he will automatically play. I have not heard from Manchester United asking that the operation should be as quickly as possible."