Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini out of CSKA Moscow clash

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28 September, 2017

A few outlets are running the story that the Belgian midfielder hurt his ankle against Southampton, and has not traveled to Russian Federation for Wednesday's Champions League group stage game against CSKA Moscow.

There are dilemmas elsewhere as Mourinho attempts to juggle Europe with the Premier League.

Mkhitaryan has been a key figure in United's impressive early season form, scoring once and racking up five assists throughout a series of consistent displays, with a number of those assists coming later in matches.

Having defeated Rostov 2-0, CSKA then flew out of the Cup of Russian Federation from the modest Vanguard - 0-1, and in the last match played a zero draw with Moscow's Dynamo.

Southampton's Shane Long raked his studs down the back of Fellaini's left ankle during United's 1-0 win at the St Mary's Stadium on Saturday.

BATTLE TO TOP GROUP AUnited made an excellent start to the European campaign by recording a 3-0 win over FC Basel at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford. No camera for Craig and he made that decision.

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Fellaini did not travel with the squad for Wednesday's group stage tie because of the injury that has infuriated Jose Mourinho and his staff.

Expect a low-scoring slog in Moscow on Wednesday, albeit one that tells us a lot about United's progress over the summer; they can not challenge for honours consistently unless they learn to win matches such as these.

"There are three midfielders that we lose for this match, so the solutions are not many. This season is good and the connection between me and other players is very good and we understand each other very well and hopefully we can score lots more", Mkhitaryan said.

Jose Mourinho's side head into the game unbeaten in their last eight, following Saturday's 1-0 win at Southampton. "We are a massive club and we will do everything we can to get to the final. So it's something normal in my Champions League career", Mourinho smiled.

CSKA, who sit fourth in the Russian Premier Liga having gained 20 points from their opening 11 fixtures, go into today's match on the back of a goalless draw with Dinamo Moscow. "I'm not saying that he starts". In fact, Igor Akinfeev has failed to keep a clean sheet in his last 40 games (excluding qualifiers), the longest ever run for a goalkeeper in the competition.


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