Football: Fellaini to wear splint for Belgium: Manchester United

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini throws a training bib during a training session at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester on Sept 16, 2013. Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini will wear a wrist splint in his country's final
Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini throws a training bib during a training session at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester on Sept 16, 2013. Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini will wear a wrist splint in his country's final two World Cup qualifiers against Croatia and Wales, his club, Manchester United, revealed on Tuesday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini will wear a wrist splint in his country's final two World Cup qualifiers against Croatia and Wales, his club, Manchester United, revealed on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old missed United's 2-1 win at Sunderland last weekend due to a wrist injury and the Premier League champions subsequently revealed that he would sidelined for "at least a few weeks".

However, despite British media reports that he could be out of action until December, United said he will be able to play in Belgium's game in Croatia on Friday and next week's home fixture against Wales.

"Marouane Fellaini has trained with Belgium wearing a protective cast on his injured wrist," read a statement published on the United website.

"Although some reports suggest the midfielder faces an operation and a spell on the sidelines, the deadline-day arrival is due to play in a splint against Croatia and Wales in the World Cup qualifiers."

Belgium have a five-point lead over second-place Croatia at the top of European qualifying Group A and require only a draw from Friday's game in Zagreb to secure qualification for next year's World Cup in Brazil.