Fellaini out for a couple of weeks, says Belgium

Marouane Fellaini will definitely miss Manchester United's clash with Liverpool but has not sustained a serious knee ligament injury.

Marouane Fellaini sprained the medial collateral ligament of his left knee.   -  Getty Images

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini will be out for "a couple of weeks" after suffering a knee ligament sprain, according to the Royal Belgian Football Association. The midfielder was forced off after 29 minutes of his side's 4-3 World Cup qualifying win over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday.

Head coach Roberto Martinez admitted it was likely he had damaged a ligament and there had been concerns he had suffered a tear.

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However, tests have revealed he has only sprained the medial collateral ligament of his left knee and is likely only to be out of action until the latter part of the month, with Belgium confirming the news via its official Twitter account.

Blow

It is a blow nonetheless for United, which must take on fierce rival Liverpool in the next Premier League match without Fellaini or Paul Pogba in central midfield.

The 29-year-old has scored four goals in all competitions for the club in a resurgent run of form this season, prompting speculation he will be offered a two-year extension to his contract, which expires in 2018.