Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has rubbished his father’s claims he was rushed back to action, and is out for the season as a result.
Belgian star Fellaini has been a key part of the Everton team this season, but will miss the rest of the season after seriously injuring his ankle in last weekend’s game against Sunderland.
After the injury, Fellaini’s dad hit out at the club, and attacked their medical team for irresponsibly fielding an injured player, claiming that his son had been asked to play, despite already being injured.
The 23 year-old has rubbished his father’s claims, and pointed out that he was more than happy to play in the game.
Speaking to the clubs website, Fellaini said, “I am aware of comments that have appeared in the media and all I can say is that I was fit to play against Sunderland.
“I trained well the day before and I wouldn’t play in such an important game if I wasn’t ready for it and I wouldn’t be selected if I wasn’t fit enough.
“I am bitterly disappointed to have my season ended early but these things happen in football and I just have to work through it.
“It happens and nobody is to blame.”
Everton boss David Moyes also defended his club, calling the claims ‘a load of rubbish’ and argued that he would never risk a player who was slightly injured.
Moyes has already lost Tim Cahill, so the loss of Fallaini represents a huge blow to his team.
He said: “There are a lot of good players in there and a lot of strong characters.
“I have got a lot of trust in them, I believe in them. They are good players and that hasn’t changed.”