Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has once again heaped the praise on midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

The Belgian international appears to be struggling with injuries in recent times, despite featuring for his country. Fellaini had been nursing a minor calf issue prior to Belgium’s win over Greece, in which he played 89 minutes of.

However, after the match, Fellaini appears to have felt the force of his calf problem, and Mourinho, as quoted by the Telegraph, underlined his concern at Roberto Martinez’s decision to play him.

He’s a very important player for me, much more important than what you can imagine. I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad, it doesn’t matter if he is in team or bench so if his condition is improved I will select him but I cannot say yet.

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He had a problem in his national team, played the match against Greece and after the match felt the problem.

Fellaini sat out of United’s training session on Sunday but was reportedly a participant in Monday’s training, giving Mourinho encouragement that he could be set for a speedy return.

United make their return to Champions League football on Tuesday evening, and will be hoping to get underway with a big win over Swiss outfit Basel at Old Trafford.

Whether Fellaini features for the Red Devils remains to be seen, but Mourinho has once again taken the opportunity to laud his powerful midfielder.