Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini could face an extended spell on the sideline through injury as he faces the possibility of surgery on his injured wrist.
The Belgian has been out of action with a back injury, and hasn’t featured since defeat against former club Everton earlier this month.
With the injury not healing as quickly as the club had hoped, the midfielder is set for a further scan on the problem; with United boss David Moyes weighing up the possibility of sending him for wrist surgery depending on the outcome.
It is likely Fellaini would undergo the operation to his wrist, suffered against Shakhtar Donetsk in October, if the news from his latest scan on his back wasn’t positive.
"Fellaini has an injury to his back, which we hoped might have healed up but it hasn't," said Moyes.
"I am going to get another scan and if it hasn't healed up then I might need to take the decision to get his wrist done as well.
"We hoped his back would be better in 10 days but he is still feeling it. It's a muscle that has separated from the bone in his back and that is what is causing the problem.
"We're not going to say we're doing that [wrist operation] yet,” he added.
The 26-year-old followed Moyes from Everton when he signed for the Red Devils this summer, but is yet to find consistent form at his new club.
After a difficult start to the season, United face West Ham at Old Trafford this weekend, off the back of three consecutive wins in all competitions without conceding a goal.
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