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Papers: United trio return

16/10/2012 08:28

David Anderson writes in The Mirror...

Boost for Fergie as injured trio return
Sir Alex Ferguson has received a triple injury boost to ease his selection headaches at Manchester United. Chris Smalling and Ashley Young are both set to return for Saturday’s clash with Stoke, while Phil Jones is around a fortnight away from his own comeback. Smalling has been out since the final home game of last season, with a groin injury and then a broken metatarsal. He recovered from the groin problem, which he sustained against Swansea in May, only to break his foot in pre-season. The England centre-back returned to full training last week at Carrington and will be available to face the Potters. Smalling will boost Fergie’s options in central defence, where he has been relying on Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans since Nemanja Vidic underwent further knee surgery. And Jones is set to join them, and deepen Ferguson’s pool of defenders further, following his own knee op last month. England international Jones is progressing well and has been pencilled in for the game against Arsenal on November 3. Young will also be available for Stoke. The England winger has missed United’s last eight games after suffering a knee injury against Fulham in August but is now back in full training.

In The Guardian, United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant managerial role at Bolton. "There will always be speculation when someone in England needs a new manager," the Molde boss told Norwegian media. “There are surely 20 names who have been linked with Bolton now and it's natural that mine is among them. But it's not for me.”

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail says FA Cup replays could be scrapped if a two-week winter break is to be incorporated, according to Barclays Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.

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