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Fellaini refuses to play blame game

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has absolved the club of any blame regarding his season-ending ankle injury.

The 23-year-old's father had claimed Fellaini should never have played against Sunderland last Saturday, when he aggravated the injury sustained the previous weekend. Boss David Moyes has already described Abdellatif Fellaini's comments in the Belgian press as "a load of rubbish" and the player himself has now stepped in to defuse the row.

Fellaini told the club's website, evertonfc.tv: "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."

He added: "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."

It is the second year in succession Fellaini, who will have an operation on Monday, has had his season ended prematurely by an ankle injury.

It is a major blow for Moyes, who is also without another influential midfielder in Tim Cahill for up to three weeks. but says he would never risk the wellbeing of one of his players.

The Scot said: "We would never do that, it's a load of rubbish.

"Who would do that? We wouldn't - of course we wouldn't.

"We certainly wouldn't risk Marouane Fellaini, who has arguably been our best player this season."

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