Manchester United receive huge boost before derby as star player is fit to play

Prince Singh / 06 September 2016

Just before the big derby clash against Manchester City, Manchester United have received a huge injury boost as midfielder Marouane Fellaini looks set to be available for Saturday’s match.

The Belgium international, who has hit the ground running under newly-appointed United boss Jose Mourinho after a disappointing last season, was looking all set to remain out of action for some time after picking up a back injury in United’s 1-0 over Hull City.

‘I am going to lose Fellaini for a while. He has a muscle injury in his back and it is not good,’ the manager said after the victory over Hull.

Image result for marouane fellainiBut according to reports in Belgian news outlet HLN, the midfielder has completely recovered from the back injury following his omission from the Belgian squad for the recent international break.

Meanwhile, Mourinho still has to deal with some injury issues as Jesse Lingard, Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan remain doubtful for the important match. Lingard, who was injured during the Community Shield match, has returned to training but has still not recovered completely. On the other hand, Shaw and Mkhitaryan had travelled with England and Armenia respectively for 2018 World Cup qualifiers but returned to England after picking up injuries. The former returned with a minor calf injury picked up in training, while the former Dortmund striker picked up a thigh strain during Armenia’s clash against Czech Republic. Apart from them Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero are also doubtful as they will only return from international duty one day prior to the game.