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Wes Brown has had surgery on his ankle which could rule him out for the rest of the year. The Manchester United defender, 29, last played in the 1-1 draw against Everton at Goodison Park on October 25. His absence has allowed club captain Gary Neville to step back into the fray along with up-and-coming Brazilian Rafael. United will lose striker Dimitar Berbatov for up to 10 days after he picked up a thigh injury on international duty on Wednesday. His agent, Emil Danchev, said: ‘According to Manchester United’s medical staff, Berbatov will be recovering between seven and 10 days.’ Berbatov was substituted after 30 minutes with cramp during Bulgaria’s 6-1 defeat to Serbia. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson also has minor doubts over Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney, while Owen Hargreaves is recovering from the first of two knee operations in a bid to cure tendonitis.
Staff writer, Daily Mail
In more injury news, The Mirror claims that Paul Scholes will be back in action in next week's Manchester derby - despite Sir Alex Ferguson claiming last week that the midfielder had 'absolutely no chance.' However, a 'United insider' says: "It's like he's never been away. If he was called upon, he would certainly be fit enough to play.”
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo clocks up more column inches, but this time for dishing out a tasty challenge rather than hurdling one. The Portuguese winger has come under fire from Brazil's Thiago Silva for a high challenge in Wednesday's international friendly, and the defender said: "Being considered the best player in the world, he must have more respect."