Marouane Fellaini to be sidelined "for a couple of weeks"

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Cape Town - Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is "100% fit" following a recent ankle injury scare and has been passed fit to face Cyprus in Belgium's final World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

Even without Lukaku and Fellaini, Belgium's squad has good depth, and the attacking quality on offer should be too much for a Cyprus team on a poor run and offering little going forward.

Bosnians fall in the autumn selection stage, first losing to Cyprus 2: 3, then defeated Gibraltar 4-0 and finally on Saturday at home in a super spectacular match lost Belgium with a score of 3: 4.

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Bottom line: When Fellaini plays, Manchester United win more games, score more goals, concede less and gain more points.

With a crucial domestic fixture against Liverpool approaching, United boss Jose Mourinho would have been hoping for a positive update on the 24-year-old.

Mourinho's men will be desperate to win against their fierce rivals Liverpool on Saturday, as United look to build upon their impressive start to the 2017/18 Premier League campaign - winning six out of seven of their opening matches.

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As much as Fellaini has been maligned during his time at Old Trafford, the figures show how desperate Manchester United will be to get him back. "I haven't received a phone call from Jose Mourinho".

It had been feared that Fellaini had suffered a serious ligament problem, but the Belgian FA confirmed on social media over the weekend that the midfielder had simply strained his medial collateral ligament.

With Fellaini set to sit out United's trip to Anfield, Mourinho is likely to turn to the club's reigning Player of the Year, Ander Herrera, to help provide cover in the middle of the park.

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The Portuguese manager is already without Paul Pogba, who is a long-term absentee while Michael Carrick also remains sidelined with a knock.

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