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"There are some important weeks coming up and we hope the players enjoy this period. They don't often let us down, particularly not in the big games."

Sir Alex Ferguson

22/02/2011 18:16, Report by A Bostock, Gemma Thompson in Marseille

Better injury news

If the number of senior absentees from the aeroplane ferrying United to Marseille had fans fearing - or opponents hoping for - an Old Trafford injury crisis, then Sir Alex Ferguson's pre-match press conference may have nipped both in the bud.

On Ryan Giggs, the Reds manager delivered the good news that his veteran Welsh winger should be "okay for Saturday" when United visit Wigan in the Barclays Premier League. Meanwhile, Anderson's knee injury - sustained in the first half against Crawley Town at the weekend - is not as bad as was first thought and although he has flown to Portugal to see a specialist, he will be out for "maybe two weeks, a maximum of three."

A similar timeframe is envisaged for Ji-sung Park, who hasn't played for United since Boxing Day after captaining South Korea during the Asian Cup and subsequently straining his hamstring while training with the Reds. "We've really missed him, but he'll be ready in two to three weeks," said Sir Alex. Earlier returns are predicted for central defenders Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand from their respective ankle and calf problems. "They should be available for the Chelsea match next Tuesday," the manager said.

March could also bring a long-awaited comeback for Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia. Sir Alex confirmed he's now training in "contact" situations and may be fit for the FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal or Leyton Orient on 12 / 13 March.

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