Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has expressed his relief after undergoing wrist surgery at the weekend.
The 26-year-old, who is expected to spend the next six weeks recovering, is now looking forward to returning to action with the reigning Premier League champions.
"I had my operation on Saturday and this went well," Fellaini confirmed in an exclusive statement to GiveMeSport. "I’m relieved! Actually, I feel better and less painful. I have to be patient and look forward to be ready for my team and to meet you again."
Fellaini had been playing with a protective cast since October, while his most-recent appearance came in United's 1-0 defeat to Everton on December 4.
The Belgium international will miss the rest of the festive period, but should return to first-team action by late January.
Fellaini will hope to return with Manchester United back in contention to win the Premier League title.
The Red Devils currently find themselves in eighth position - albeit just eight points behind league-leaders Liverpool.
Once the season finishes, Fellaini will then travel with the rest of the Belgium squad to Brazil, ahead of the 2014 World Cup finals.