Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley ruled out until Christmas
Friday 18 November 2011
Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley will be out of action until Christmas with ankle ligament damage.
Cleverley suffered the injury at Everton last month, which was his first game back after sustaining a foot problem at Bolton.
And although Ferguson initially felt the injury was not too serious, he has now admitted it is worse than he imagined.
"It is pretty long term," said Ferguson. "(He will be out until) Christmas time.
"It is unfortunate. It is worse than we thought.
"When he first came off against Everton he reported it as just a tightness, with a bit of pain.
"We have done scans again and the injury has recurred.
"We will have to give him a break."
Ferguson reported similar bad news about Michael Owen, who is set to be out for the same period of time with the thigh injury he sustained in the home Champions League win over Otelul Galati.
In addition, United will be without England striker Danny Welbeck for tomorrow's trip to Swansea as he has failed to recover from the muscle strain that forced him back from international duty before Tuesday's win over Sweden.
Chris Smalling also remains sidelined, although it is hoped the defender will be back for Tuesday's Champions League encounter with Benfica at Old Trafford.
Darron Gibson and Rafael de Silva are both available for United's trip to the Liberty Stadium, along with Ashley Young, who has recovered from a toe injury.
Latest in Sport
Angel Di Maria reveals wish to return to Argentina - but don't worry Manchester United fans...
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Husain Abdullah penalised after celebrating a touchdown with a Muslim prayer - causing mass outrage among fans
Robin van Persie reveals Louis van Gaal wants Manchester United to 'be more Dutch and pull on the same rope'
Manchester United risk Uefa row over plan to play lucrative midweek friendlies
- 1 Sainsbury's '50p challenge' poster telling staff to encourage customers to spend more placed in shop window instead of staff room
- 2 Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
- 3 Isis an hour away from Baghdad - with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
- 4 Yes, the iPhone 6 is a miracle, but it's Apple's tax affairs that deserve a double take
- 5 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month