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Man United's Marouane Fellaini out for 'a few weeks' with knee injury - Mourinho

MANCHESTER -- Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says Marouane Fellaini will likely be ruled out "for weeks" with the knee injury the midfielder suffered during Wednesday's defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

The Belgium international lasted just seven minutes at Wembley and will miss Huddersfield's visit to Old Trafford on Saturday.

Mourinho told a news conference on Friday: "I don't have good news.

"I don't have news because I don't want to give news based on an initial approach but I don't think the news is very good, he has a problem in his knee.

"It is the same knee but not the same local, was internal, now external, so let's wait a couple of more days but out of the game tomorrow."

Fellaini was initially injured playing for Belgium against Bosnia in a World Cup qualifier in October.

The 30-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, missed six games before returning to November.

A recurrence of the problem saw him miss United's entire festive fixture list. He returned in January before hobbling off against Tottenham.

Marouane Fellaini had to be replaced just seven minutes after coming on as a substitute at Tottenham.

Mourinho added: "Is not an ACL, a complete rupture of any structure of the knee, we are not going so far as that but we need him.

"Champions League is arriving and lots of tough matches to play and probably we are going to lose for a few weeks. Two, three four or five, I cannot say at the moment."

Mourinho had better news regarding the recoveries of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Eric Bailly.

Bailly has not played since November because of an ankle injury while Ibrahimovic has not featured since Boxing Day but both are expected back in time for United's Champions League clash with Sevilla on Feb. 21.

Mourinho said: "They are working on the pitch but not yet with us as a group so they are not very close to a return.

"I want to believe that by Champions League time, around the end of the month, they will be back."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for Manchester United against Basel in the Champions League.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been linked with a move away from Manchester United to LA Galaxy.

Meanwhile, Mourinho insists he is still in the dark over speculation Ibrahimovic could quit the club for LA Galaxy.

The 36-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a move to the United States.

"I don't speak with players about media news," Mourinho said.

"I see him every day. I am not working directly with him, for example today I was watching his work, he never mentioned absolutely anything to me, not an opinion, comment, nothing at all, so I presume nothing is true in the news because I would probably be first to know from him, so I presume nothing."

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.


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