Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that Belgian international Marouane Fellaini could feature for the club for the first time this season against Club Brugge tomorrow evening.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Red Devils' first-leg Champions League play-off tie, with the Belgian side, Van Gaal has suggested that the former Everton man could be in line for a place in the side despite being suspended on the domestic scene.
Fellaini, who was sent off in United's final day Premier League draw with Hull City last term, has missed the club's opening two fixtures of this campaign, and will also sit out of Saturday's showdown with Newcastle United at Old Trafford.
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It appears, though, that he could star against Brugge, while defender Phil Jones will still be absent through illness.
Van Gaal has, however, insisted that the England international is getting closer to a comeback, so he may well join up with the squad in the near future.
Champions League is a must
It's obvious, of course, but Manchester United must produce two big performances against their Belgian opposition over the two legs.
Ultimately, after missing out on the Champions League last season, the Red Devils have to make sure of their qualification to the group stages of the competition. After working so hard to claim a top four place under Louis van Gaal last term, it really would prove a disaster if they went out at the hands of Brugge.
There's no doubt about it, United are yet to really hit top form, but they will be determined to prove their credentials tomorrow evening.
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