Fellaini faces long Manchester United absence after wrist surgery

Reuters , Monday 23 Dec 2013

Marouane Fellaini
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, right, mounts a successful challenge on Bayer Leverkusen’s Sebastian Boenisch during their Champions League match at Old Trafford in Manchester (Photo: Reuters)

Manchester United's big-money signing Marouane Fellaini faces several weeks on the sidelines after having an operation on his wrist.

The club told Reuters on Monday that Fellaini had undergone surgery and said that manager David Moyes would provide more details on his anticipated return to competitive action at a news conference later in the day.

The injury means the mop-haired Belgium midfielder could miss both legs of United's Champions League last-16 clash with Olympiakos Piraeus in February and March.

Fellaini has struggled this season to replicate the form that persuaded United to pay Everton 24 million pounds ($39.25 million) for him in September.

He has yet to score a goal in 11 appearances for the Premier League champions.

The Old Trafford club, who are down in eighth place in the table, travel to former United defender Steve Bruce's Hull City side on Dec. 26.

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