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Thursday, April 15, 1999 Published at 08:50 GMT 09:50 UK

Sport: Football

Giggs injury fear

A beaming Ferguson joins in the Villa Park celebrations

Ryan Giggs may have kept Manchester United's treble dream alive - but he could pay a heavy price for the wonder goal that beat Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final replay.

The Welsh winger, who waltzed through the Gunners defence to score in extra time, limped off the pitch at the final whistle after suffering an ankle strain.

He left Villa Park in crutches and is now doubtful for Saturday's Premiership clash with Sheffield Wednesday - victory in which would keep United out in front in the title race.

And of even more concern for United manager Alex Ferguson must be Giggs' participation in the second leg of their European Cup semi-final with Juventus next Wednesday.

Giggs is not the only casualty for United, who have so far encountered few injury problems this season as they chase the unprecedented three-pronged goal of Premiership, FA Cup and European Cup.

Denis Irwin and Peter Schmeichel, who hobbled through injury time with a groin injury, already look major injury doubts and captain Roy Keane will be suspended for the vital league game at Liverpool on May 5.

Ferguson joked: "We'll have to have a roll-call for the weekend. I might even consider playing myself."

Ryan the match-winner

Giggs is a vital member of Ferguson's side and has been United's saviour in the past fortnight.

Not only did he snatch the thrilling clincher against Arsenal, but he also threw United a lifeline with a last-minute equaliser in the first leg against Juventus.

Ferguson was in no doubt about the quality of his star player's Villa Park goal: "Giggs's winner for me ranks with John Barnes against Brazil for England, and Ricky Villa for Spurs against Manchester City.

"Beckham's was a great goal as well - but it seems so long ago.

"I have to say that within the context of this great game, the one from Giggs stands alone."

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