Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has suffered a suspected torn hamstring and will be ruled out of action for several weeks.
Fellaini this week returned to his homeland Belgium to be examined by a specialist but he is now back in Manchester to be assessed by the club amid fears he could be ruled out until late March.
The 28-year-old has been ruled out of United’s Europa League tie with FC Midtjylland on Thursday night, with boss Louis van Gaal revealing he has a muscle problem.
“Fellaini is injured. He has a muscle problem because he has played in a lot of matches in a row and that is difficult for him,” said Van Gaal.
After Wayne Rooney was this week ruled out of action for around six weeks with a knee problem, Fellaini becomes the 11th first-team player Van Gaal will be without due to injury.
Fellaini’s injury leaves United short of attacking options for the immediate future with the former Everton man able to play in attack as well as midfield.
Only three players in United’s 18-man travelling party to Denmark are recognised forwards – Memphis Depay, Anthony Martial and Will Keane, who is yet to start a first-team game.