Marouane Fellaini’s fitness caused no row with Man Utd, says Roberto Martinez

Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has dismissed talk of a row with Manchester United over the fitness of Marouane Fellaini.

Fellaini was omitted from Friday’s 25-man Belgium squad for their UEFA Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Switzerland based on information from United’s medical department.

The midfielder then played the full 90 minutes in United’s 3-1 derby defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday.

Asked if United boss Jose Mourinho was trying to get revenge for previous injuries to his players, Martinez denied any suggestion of a discord between Belgium and United.

“We are working all together, this is not a war, this is not a situation that we are trying to get revenge over anyone,” said Martinez. “Remember, in football we get the ideal scenarios and then the football needs.


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“What happened with Marouane Fellaini is something that happens constantly in dressing rooms. Due to the circumstances he had to play and it was incredible to see him play for 90 minutes at an incredible level.

“There’s been nothing strange about the situation of Marouane. But it’s good to see that sometimes you make a squad decision on Friday and the player can feel a lot better two days later as we have seen.

“We are delighted he is getting to his best level as the same way we are really disappointed he could not participate with us in the previous camp because of the niggles.”

“We need to work with the clubs and the two medical departments had very good conversations and the best decision in this case is the one we took.”

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