FOOTBALL NEWS

30/10/2009 09:47, Report by Nick Coppack

Reds ravaged by injuries

United have a host of injury concerns ahead of Saturday's early evening clash with Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford.

Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Ryan Giggs are all doubts, while Darren Fletcher, Danny Welbeck and Ji-sung Park are certainly sidelined. Gary Neville is suspended after receiving a straight red card at Barnsley on Tuesday.

"We have some doubts for tomorrow," Sir Alex Ferguson admitted at his pre-match press conference. "Ryan Giggs is a doubt but we hope he’ll be okay. Ferdinand and Vidic are both doubts – we’ll see what they’re like today. Gary Neville is suspended of course. Hopefully we can get one or two fit for tomorrow but we’re facing an uphill fight.

"Vidic has had a calf problem for a few weeks now. We’ve seen a specialist about it so we’ll see what he’s like today. Rio and Vida both want to play after the disappointment of last Sunday (at Anfield)."

Sir Alex also confirmed that Park's knee injury is providing cause for concern, after the midfielder developed some swelling during a recent flight back from Korea. "We think he’ll be out for a couple of weeks yet," said the manager.

There was some positive news surrounding Fletcher, who has been absent since United's draw with Sunderland four weeks ago. "Darren Fletcher started training yesterday," said Sir Alex. "That was his first day back training with the first team. He won’t be fit for tomorrow but hopefully we’ll get him ready for the Chelsea game. He’ll get 10 days’ training before that."

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