Jose Mourinho's season so far at Manchester United has gone swimmingly. Second in the league on goal difference and unbeaten, the Portuguese finally seems to have got his players playing the way United should.
Mourinho, though, dislikes a lot of things. And the international break ranks high on the list.
Star striker Romelu Lukaku has not been made available to play for Belgium against Bosnia this evening because of a knock, but teammate Marouane Fellaini - who looks reborn under Mourinho this season - was indeed handed a start. You can guess where this is going, can't you?
Marouane Fellaini substituted after 29 mins of Belgium's qualifier with Bosnia after picking up a knee injury. Mourinho will be thrilled.— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) October 7, 2017
Yep, Fellaini's got an injury.
He's been forced off after half an hour of the game with a knee issue, a full week before United's biggest game of the season so far - that one against Liverpool at Anfield. You know, that team who can't defend set pieces. And this, this is that player who is dominant in the air. All signs were pointing to Fellaini being an absolute key man for Jose in next Saturday's early kick off.
People on Twitter, including this writer, did not take it well.
Marouane Fellaini injured. There goes my prediction of his 87th minute winner at Anfield next week.— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) October 7, 2017
Fellaini has gone off injured for Belgium! pic.twitter.com/vFRpvq5d61— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) October 7, 2017
Marouane Fellaini has come off injured against Bosnia. Meanwhile in Manchester... pic.twitter.com/00Gbx4MfsW— BenchWarmers ⚽️ (@BeWarmers) October 7, 2017
Fellaini gone off injured in 20 mins. Why was he even played? They already qualified— Dan Butterworth (@dan_bambam) October 7, 2017
The severity of the problem is not yet confirmed, but first impressions are very, very bad. There's concerns that Fellaini has damaged ligaments in his knee and may be set for months on the sidelines, with manager Roberto Martinez admitting as such.
It's bad news for United, especially considering there's worries already over the likes of Lukaku and Phil Jones ahead of next week - along with the long-term injuries already to Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo - Mourinho's dislike for international breaks has undoubtedly turned that little bit stronger.
Especially considering Belgium have already qualified...