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Wednesday 14 March 2012

Anderson injury blow for Man Utd

Midfielder ruled out for up to five weeks after suffering a hamstring injury

Manchester United midfielder Anderson has been plagued by injuries this season

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that midfielder Anderson will be out for "four to five weeks" with a hamstring injury.

The 23-year-old missed most of United’s winter fixtures with a knee injury but returned to the match-day squad for the victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the beginning of March.

He made his first appearance since January 8th in the Uefa Europa League last-16 first leg defeat by Athletic Bilbao last week.

"Some hamstrings are relatively straightforward but we have to wait and see how he is in the next week"
- Sir Alex Ferguson

But he has now picked up a new injury and is set to miss some crucial matches in the Barclays Premier League run-in.

"Anderson could be out for four or five weeks due to his hamstring," Ferguson told the club's official website.

"Some hamstrings are relatively straightforward but we have to wait and see how he is in the next week or so to get a better idea of where we stand with him."

Anderson, who joined Manchester United from Porto in 2007, has made a total of 16 appearances for the club this campaign.

He will definitely miss Thursday night's second leg against Athletic Bilbao, when United will try to overturn a 3-2 deficit.

Ferguson has confirmed that Rio Ferdinand will partner Jonny Evans in defence in Spain as Phil Jones is ill and Chris Smalling is on the bench.

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Key Points

  • Anderson set to be out for up to five weeks with a hamstring injury
  • Man Utd midfielder has suffered with injury this season
  • Rio Ferdinand to partner Jonny Evans in defence against Athletic Bilbao