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Initial Reports: Scholes Out For Two Months

Paul Scholes was stretchered off with 15 minutes played in United’s Champions League group stage match against Aalborg. Although not looking in great deal of pain, carrying an embarrassed look as he sat upright when carried off the pitch, our fans of course feared the worst.

With Owen Hargreaves and Michael Carrick both carrying injuries, the ‘midfield problem’ we talked about in the pre-season is easily solved at the moment. As we travel to Blackburn this weekend, it is likely Anderson and Darren Fletcher will play in the centre of our midfield.

Some reports suggest that Scholes will be out for up to two months after suffering knee ligament damage, however the boss is more hopeful.

“Paul Scholes could be out for a few weeks and we had one or two other injuries, so there is a cost to the win,” he said after the match.

Of course, his lay off time will be confirmed once we get him back to Carrington and proper tests can be carried out.

On the up side, Ryan Giggs filled in well, playing through a great ‘Scholes-like’ ball for Wayne Rooney to latch on to, scoring our opening goal.

The impressive Rafael Da Silva and goalscorer Wayne Rooney were also subbed off through injury, although it doesn’t appear to be anything serious. Rafael’s twin, Fabio, has been ruled out for a couple of months following an operation on his shoulder, but hopefully Rafael won’t see such a lengthy time on the sidelines.

Fergie spoke of Rooney’s injury, suggesting it was more a precautionary action, rather than a serious need.

“He just felt it weaken as went for a ball, so we thought we’d take him off,” added Ferguson.

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5 Comments

  1. Tom F says:

    Big loss for us if Scholes is out until after xmas. It will be a shame after his performances getting better and better. We seem to be a bit unlucky with all the injuries at the moment. It looks like right back was meant to be for Wes Brown too!

    I also hope Wayne doesn’t miss any games after being back to his goal scoring ways.

    Bright play from Rafael and it was great to see Berba get a couple of goals. He’d never admit it but he will be feeling a whole lot more confident after that. His first goal seemed to spark him in to another gear and he linked the play up really well after that, even ran a lot more.

    Oh, the biggest disappointment of the night, bar Scholes, is Nani. I defended him all summer and have said in the past this will be a massive season for him. Well, I never give up on players, but I have run out of patience with Nani. For all the talent he has, he is one greedy go for glory bastard at the moment. Sorry.

  2. denton davey says:

    With the injuries, the bright note is that the next couple of EPL matches – separated by one of those execrable “international” breaks – should be relatively straightforward. I’m not down-grading Blackburn but don’t think that they “should” be difficult to overcome; West Brom should be a dead-cert for three points.

    Interesting, too, how valuable Fletcher especially – but also O’Shea and Park – have become to the strength of the squad.

    With regard to the match today, I was very disappointed with Nani – he doesn’t seem to have progressed one bit since his first year. On the other hand, Rafael Da Silva was fabulous and, as I wrote in another comment, this has to concern both Wesley and GNev – a lot.

  3. OTRed says:

    I think Hargeaves should be fit for Blackburn, i think his non-inclusion in the squad was out of pre-caution than actual injury. He should(i hope) he’s fit for Blackburn.

  4. Drew Vader says:

    OTRed– to be honest, even if he is fit I would rather see Fletch and Ando again. And when Carrick gets back fit and in form, I am really really looking forward to a partnership of Carrick and Fletch…..I think with Ando as his partner, Fletch isn’t really sure if he needs to sit back a bit or go forward, or it looks like the both take turns doing each job, but with Carrick who we all know will sit deep and break up play, Fletch will have the freedom to bomb all over the place like a mad man and make his kamakazi but surprisingly well timed runs into the box more frequently.

  5. suhayl says:

    Nani…seriously most frustrating player ever.

    Every fuckin ball hits the oppositions head…every fuckin pass is wayward. And every bloody corner hits the first man…absolute SIN

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