Wayne Rooney will miss United’s FA Cup match against West Ham United, and he will also miss the league clash, the derby against Liverpool next Sunday.
“Wayne’s still injured, and it looks like going to be out another two weeks or so,” said Sir Alex Ferguson at Friday’s pre-match press conference.
“It’s a surprise as he was meant to be back training now. So he’ll be out for longer than we thought and I don’t think he will be fit for the Liverpool match. The injury is nothing serious. He just got clipped behind his knee. Nothing shows in the scan but he’s still feeling it. Hopefully in two weeks it’ll be sorted but nonetheless it’s a loss.”
The happier news came when Sir Alex revealed that Nani was “expected to start training today” and Phil Jones could play on Saturday against West Ham.
Nemanja Vidic is supposed to “be involve” too, after he was not used against Wigan. “I didn’t play Vidic on Tuesday because he played on Saturday against West Brom,” explained Sir Alex. “At this stage of his recovery and development, playing every seven days suits him better than every three to four days.”
Darren Fletcher’s involvement will depend upon the condition of the pitch at Upton Park. “The ground has been really heavy recently and I don’t think the pitches have suited him,” said Sir Alex. “But we’re in good shape now with good options. We’ve utilised the squad very well in the last few weeks.”