Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Chris Smalling and Ashley Young will both be sidelined for another few weeks at least. The pair missed United’s win at Everton on Saturday and following the game, Ferguson revealed the extent of the injuries.
Smalling will be out for at least a month after suffering a broken foot during United’s thrashing by City last weekend. The 21 year old has featured prominatly this season and the news will be a blow for United considering the injuries to Fabio and Rafael.
“Smalling has a small fracture on his foot. I think he’ll be out for a month and it’s unfortunate that one.” he told the media after United’s 1-0 win at Goodison Park. It not only means he will miss United’s clashes with Sunderland and Swansea plus the crucial Champions League games with Otelul Galati and Benfica but England’s friendles with Spain and Sweden in November.
Meanwhile, Ashley Young will be out for a further few weeks according to Ferguson as he has a toe injury. Like Smalling, the former Villa winger missed Saturday’s game and will likely pull out of England’s squad as well as missing the Premier League games with Sunderland and Swansea.
“Ashley Young has a toe injury that is not going away so he could be out for a couple of weeks,” said the Scot.
In better news for United, Tom Cleverly returned from a 6 week lay off at Goodison Park. The young midfielder put in a good performance before being withdrawn just after the break. He seemed to go over on his ankle but the United boss confirmed that the injury is not worrying.
“He’s felt his ankle again. It’s nothing serious, just tightness and tiredness. It’s his first real game back, although he played on Tuesday of course. He should be okay next week and it was an excellent performance from him in the first half.”
Manchester United host Otelul Galati on Tuesday in the Champions League.