FOOTBALL NEWS

13/03/2007 08:52, Report by Gemma Thompson

Dong joins senior squad

United's recent injury concerns have prompted Sir Alex Ferguson to promote Chinese striker Dong Fangzhuo to the first-team squad.

The 22-year-old has already been involved in a couple of Reserve games having finally completed his move to Old Trafford after spending two years on loan at Royal Antwerp.

Injuries to Louis Saha (hamstring) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (knee), along with the departure of Henrik Larsson mean the Reds are rather light up front.

With a busy period of matches coming up, Sir Alex has opted to call the forward up to the senior squad.

"Dong will be coming into the squad," confirmed Sir Alex. "He has needed a lot of hard work and we've been doing that.

"He's got some terrific attributes. He's lightening quick and has a marvellous physique. He's a very athletic boy. So he'll be added to the pool."

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