Marouane Fellaini did not make the gameday squad for Belgium’s 1-1 friendly draw against the Netherlands on Tuesday, but fear not Manchester United fans; the hulking midfielder is expected to be fit for this weekend’s massive matchup.
Following the game, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez explained that he kept Fellaini out of the Belgium squad as a precaution, and that he should be fit and ready to go for Manchester United’s match against Chelsea this Saturday.
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“He should be fine, he just wasn’t 100 percent,” Martinez said in the mixed zone. “He’s got a very important game at the weekend and it wasn’t a game today to use players that weren’t 100 percent. We expect he should be fine the next couple of days.”
Martinez is doing a big favor to Man United manager Jose Mourinho, who has just enjoyed a two-week reprieve from constant scrutiny as focus turned to the international arena. Now, with the Premier League set to return this weekend, Mourinho can count on one of his most trusted players, regardless of whether or not he produces world-class moments in terms of creating or finishing chances.