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Friday, February 8, 2013
Fellaini given all-clear to face Man Utd

ESPN staff and Mike Whalley

Everton striker Marouane Fellaini has been given the all-clear to cause Manchester United more trouble at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Fellaini sat out Belgium's 2-1 victory over Slovakia in Bruges on Wednesday because of a hip injury. The 25-year-old sustained the problem during Everton's 3-3 draw with Aston Villa last Saturday, but manager David Moyes expects him to be fit.

Fellaini has given United's defence plenty of headaches in recent meetings, scoring in a 4-4 draw at Old Trafford last April and then turning in a dominant performance against them at Goodison Park in August, nodding in the decisive goal as Everton won 1-0.

"He has got really bad bruising but I think he will be OK," Moyes said. "I think we will have roughly the same squad of players as we had for Aston Villa."

Indeed, Moyes is optimistic that Fellaini can again cause United, the current league leaders, plenty of problems at Old Trafford.

"He is coming back into a little bit of form,'' Moyes, whose team are fifth in the table, said. "He scored a couple of goals for us last week and he is the sort of player who seems to enjoy the bigger games.''

Phil Jagielka is expected to be involved for Everton on Sunday despite sitting out England's 2-1 victory against Brazil, while fellow defenders Seamus Coleman (thigh) and Tony Hibbert (calf) remain sidelined.

"Seamus, he is probably another couple of weeks away," the manager added.

Moyes has been keeping a check on a number of players who have flown around the world for international fixtures this week, but is hopeful that he will have no other injury worries.

"Some of the boys who have had to fly longer distances, they are the ones we need to worry about," added Moyes. "Tim Howard has had to come back from Honduras and Bryan Oviedo from Panama. There are a few who have had to travel a bit, but in the main most of them have returned OK."




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