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Thursday 09 February 2012

Man Utd suffer Lindegaard blow

Goalkeeper set for at least a month out with ankle ligament damage

Man Utd's Anders Lindegaard punches the ball away from Man City's Joleon Lescott

Manchester United will have to make do without goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard for at least a month as he has an ankle injury.

Lindegaard, 27, suffered ankle ligament damage in a training ground accident last week, another in a long list of injuries for the Barclays Premier League champions this season.

"Lindegaard could be out for four, maybe five to six, weeks"
- Sir Alex Ferguson

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson told the club's official website: "It looks like Lindegaard will be out for at least four weeks, maybe five to six, with ankle ligament damage.

"We don't know what his recovery from injuries is like, so we'll have to wait and see, but I would have thought at least four weeks."

Danish international Lindegaard joined United from Aalesund in January 2011 and has made eight Barclays Premier League appearances this season.

However, United are set to welcome back Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea for their trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, after he missed the midweek victory over Stoke.

And Ferguson could also be able to call upon Wayne Rooney, Nani, Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young with the quartet all on their way back from injury lay-offs.

"We're a bit better off in terms of injuries," added Ferguson, who has led United to second in the League table this season, level on points with neighbours Manchester City.

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Key Points

  • Anders Lindegaard set for at least a month out injured
  • Keeper suffered ankle ligament damage in training
  • David de Gea likely to play at Chelsea on Sunday