Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal may believe that Marouane Fellaini is not fully fit to play 90 minutes, but Belgium national team coach Marc Wilmots seems to think otherwise.
Wilmots has included the midfielder in his squad for Euro 2016 qualifiers against Andorra and Bosnia & Herzegovina, despite the 26-year-old not playing a competitive match for over a month.
The £27.5 million man has been on the sidelines for the last five weeks due to ligament damage in his left ankle.
Although Fellaini has returned to training, doubts remain on whether he is fully match fit, with Van Gaal claiming on Friday that the former Everton star cannot play the entire 90 minutes yet (click here to read more).
More: "You can be fit but not match fit. Herrera is fit but can't play because of his rib pressure. Fellaini's not yet fit to play 90 mins."— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 3, 2014
However, Wilmots is confident that Fellaini has regained his fitness and was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying on Thursday: ‘Fellaini is definitely fit. I know he hasn’t played much, but he is eager to play. He wants to serve his country, even if it’s only for 10 or 15 minutes.
‘He can be very helpful in different game situations. In Belgium you don’t find another player who has the same profile as Fellaini’.
It is unlikely that Fellaini will start for United against Everton at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday, but if he gets to feature for a few minutes, then it will certainly boost his confidence.
Wilmots is also unlikely to thrust Fellaini into action in the qualifiers, but he could prove to an important player coming off the bench for Belgium.