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Thursday 11 October 2012

In brief: Everton's Fellaini plays down injury fears

Belgian insists injury is not as bad as suggested; Haris Vuckic, however, is ruled out for season

  • Everton's Maraouane Fellaini is hopeful of returning in time for the Merseyside derby

  • Haris Vuckic had appeared three times for Newcastle this season

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has sought to play down fears that he will be absent for a number of weeks with a knee injury.

"I am hoping to be back playing for Everton as soon as possible"
Marouane Fellaini

The 24-year-old had to withdraw from the Belgium squad for their two 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with the injury he sustained during his side's 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic at the weekend.

The Belgian FA claimed that Fellaini would be out of action for three weeks, but the player has sought to alleviate fans' fears that he could miss the Merseyside derby on 28 October.

"As you have probably seen and heard I am currently suffering from a knee injury," he told the club's official website. "Fortunately it is not too serious but I will have to miss the two games with Belgium. I am hoping to be back playing for Everton as soon as possible.

"I am extremely disappointed and I now have to rest in order to get back to full fitness so I can help the team with some important games coming up."

Vuckic out for season

Newcastle United midfielder Haris Vuckic will miss the rest of the season after rupturing the cruciate ligament in his left knee this week.

The 20-year-old Slovenian was injured towards the end of Newcastle’s Barclays Under-21 Premier League match away to Aston Villa on Monday night. Vuckic has appeared three times for Newcastle's first team this season, twice in the Europa League, where he scored his first senior goal against Atromitos, and also in the Capital One Cup defeat by Manchester United.

Newcastle received a further blow with the news that midfielder Dan Gosling will be out of action for weeks having been taken off during the same match with ligament damage to his right ankle.

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Key Points

  • Newcastle's Haris Vuckic is ruled of the season after rupturing his cruciate ligament in his left knee
  • Team-mate Dan Gosling also out for several weeks after getting injured in same Under-21 match on Monday
  • Everton's Marouane Fellaini has played down injury fears and is hopeful of swift return