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Man Utd dealt Scholes injury blow

Paul Scholes
Scholes was replaced by Ryan Giggs after 16 minutes in Denmark

Manchester United's Paul Scholes will be out for 10 weeks after suffering medial knee ligament damage in the Champions League win against Aalborg.

The 33-year-old midfielder was stretchered off after just 16 minutes of United's 3-0 victory in Denmark.

He may now miss 16 games, including those against Arsenal and Manchester City, and Scholes could be out until the visit to Tottenham on 13 December.

Striker Wayne Rooney was also forced off with an ankle problem.

Rooney was replaced by Carlos Tevez just before the hour mark as a precaution after injuring his ankle and Ferguson was unsure as to the seriousness of the injury.

"We are hoping it isn't ligament trouble," added the Scot.

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"He just felt his ankle. I would imagine he would be doubtful for the Blackburn game on Saturday."

England coach Fabio Capello will be taking a keen interest in Rooney's injury as on Sunday he will be naming his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Belarus.

But Scholes' absence adds to United's worries in midfield as Michael Carrick is out for at least another month.

The England midfielder was ruled out for six weeks after breaking a bone in his foot in the 2-1 defeat at Liverpool on 13 September.

Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, has admitted it will be another three weeks before he has fully recovered from his summer ankle operation.

The Portuguese winger, who came through his first full 90 minutes against Aalborg, said: "It will be another two or three weeks before I can give 100%.

"I feel very good. There is good improvement there and I am very happy to be back.

"But my ankle has still not fully recovered. I still feel it a little bit. But the medical staff say that is normal and I feel very confident about the future."

There were some plus points for United, notably from Dimitar Berbatov who opened his account for the club with two second-half goals on his Champions League debut.

The Bulgarian striker had failed to find the net in his first three games in a United shirt after a 30.75m summer switch from Tottenham and Ferguson was delighted with his contribution against Aalborg.

"He got two fantastic goals. That will help his confidence," he said.

"When you transfer for that amount of money you want to score your first goal quickly and he has got that now."

Berbatov added: "I knew it would come sooner of later, but of course the team winning was the most important thing and it was just another goal."




see also
AaB Aalborg 0-3 Man Utd
30 Sep 08 |  Europe
Champions League as it happened
30 Sep 08 |  Europe
Champions League photos
30 Sep 08 |  Football
Carrick out for up to six weeks
16 Sep 08 |  Man Utd


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