Summer signing Marouane Fellaini closes in on return from injury.
With the news that Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie could both miss Manchester United’s crucial Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday, David Moyes was in need of a boost, and he got it today from midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
Fellaini has returned to training after an injury-disrupted period in which he was suffering from a back problem and had surgery on his damaged wrist.
The Belgian £27.5m summer signing has not appeared for Moyes’s side since the 1-0 defeat to Everton at Old Trafford in early December, so his return comes as something of a lift to his manager’s spirits as United prepare for the trip to Stamford Bridge.
Fellaini will not be fit in time for that match, however, with The Daily Mail reporting that he has been out on the United training pitches working with the club’s physios, but not yet been able to take part in full training sessions his return should not be too far from the horizon.
Fellaini joined United from Moyes’s former club Everton last summer, but he has endured a difficult start to life at Old Trafford, identified by many as a weak link in central midfield, and bearing the brunt of supporters’ criticism as United slipped out of the title race.
Manchester United’s form has been mixed in his absence. They embarked on a run of six straight wins immediately after his injury, but three defeats in the last four games have seen concerns re-emerge and central midfield remains a problematic area for the manager.
Darren Fletcher made his own comeback from an ongoing stomach problem last month, and the Scot slotted in alongside Michael Carrick as United beat Swansea City 2-0 last weekend.
That presents an interesting decision for Moyes, who will have to decide whether to throw Fellaini back into action, or stick with Fletcher and Carrick - who performed so well against The Swans.
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