Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini may have a wrist operation that would rule him out for six weeks – depending on the progress of his back injury.
The 26-year-old Belgium international has been out of action since hurting his back in early December, and is due to have a further scan on the problem.
If the results are not positive, it is likely he will have the wrist operation he has been putting off.
The midfielder injured the wrist against Shakhtar Donetsk in October.
His last game was the 1-0 defeat by his former club Everton at Old Trafford on 4 December.
“Fellaini has an injury to his back, which we hoped might have healed up but it hasn’t,” said United manager David Moyes.
“I am going to get another scan and if it hasn’t healed up then I might need to take the decision to get his wrist done as well.
“We hoped his back would be better in 10 days but he is still feeling it. It’s a muscle that has separated from the bone in his back and that is what is causing the problem.
“We’re not going to say we’re doing that [wrist operation] yet.”