Man United blow as midfield star is ruled out for six weeks

Manchester United star Marouane Fellaini is set to be out of action for about six weeks after picking up an injury, The Sun reports.

The 28-year-old suffered the knock during the 2-1 defeat to Sunderland at the weekend and was forced to undergo extra scans in Brussels after there was no improvement in his recovery.

He is expected to be out of action until at least the end of March with a hamstring tear as manager Louis van Gaal came out to confirm that the midfielder is now unavailable for selection.

“When I say injured players and I said 13. Fellaini is one of them who is injured,” he said.

“A muscle problem because had played a lot of matches in a row, and that’s difficult for him.”

This will be the second blow to Van Gaal in the space of a week given that Wayne Rooney has now been ruled out for two months after damaging his knee ligaments following the loss to the Black Cats.

With 13 players now struggling with fitness heading into their Europa League tie against FC Midtjylland today as well as the FA Cup fixture against Shrewsbury next week, the club is expected to call up a number of players from their youth squad.