Jose Mourinho could be without one of his key men when his Manchester United side travels to face Liverpool at Anfield next Saturday.
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini came off injured in Belgium’s recent World Cup qualifier against Bosnia Herzegovina after suffering an injury to his left knee.
Speaking after the game, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez told Sky Sports: “We are all worried about Fellaini. We fear that there’s ligament damage.”
If early suspicions of ligament damage are true, the 29-year-old is likely to be sidelined for a number of months.
His absence would come as an early setback for Mourinho, who values the former Everton man as a key member of his squad and recently admitted he feels weaker without him.
Fellaini would undoubtedly have had some part to play against Liverpool next weekend, with his height and aerial-strength serving as traits with the potential to fare well against the Reds.
Though long-term injuries are never something to be celebrated, one less attacking threat would represent a boost for Klopp’s men heading into the contest.
It comes as a personal blow to Fellaini himself, who was just starting to find his form under Mourinho having scored a brace in the recent 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.
One less target man to deal with in set-piece scenarios is a major positive for Liverpool’s back four.