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Martinez: Fellaini should be fine for Chelsea trip

Marouane Fellaini and Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)
Marouane Fellaini and Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has reassured Manchester United fans over Marouane Fellaini's injury ahead of the Red Devils' trip to Stamford Bridge.

Fellaini missed Belgium's 1-1 draw with the Netherlands on Tuesday in Brussels with a groin strain, but the former Everton manager has revealed that it was merely a precautionary omission ahead of Saturday's crunch clash for United.

"He should be fine, it's just he wasn't 100 per cent," Martinez was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"He's got an important game at the weekend and this wasn't the game to use players who weren't 100%.

"We expect he should be fine in the next couple of days."

With Nemanja Matic and Luke Shaw both doubtful, Martinez's announcement will have been music to the ears of United manager Jose Mourinho.

The under-fire boss will be hoping that the Red Devils can continue the momentum they began to pick up in their 3-2 comeback win over Newcastle United as they visit the home of his former club.