Saturday 26 November 2011

Anderson ruled out until February

Midfielder's hopes of a quick recovery from knee injury are frustrated

Anderson has made eight Barclays Premier League appearances for United this season

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that midfielder Anderson will be out until February with a knee injury.

The 23-year-old Brazilian has travelled to Portugal to see the specialist who operated on his damaged cruciate knee ligament two years ago.

Anderson's fellow midfielder Tom Cleverley is also on the injury list and is not expected to return before Christmas.

"It's not good news about Anderson. We don't think he'll be fit until February," said Ferguson.

"I do not see anyone who could make us a better team"
- Sir Alex Ferguson

"That's a bit of a blow, we didn't expect that one. So that's the two midfield players who are going to be missing for a spell now."

Anderson has made eight Barclays Premier League appearances for United so far this season, and last played in the 2-0 Champions League victory over Otelul Galati on 2nd November.

Speaking ahead of Manchester United's Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday, Ferguson said he had no plans to bring in any new players in January.

"It is easy to say you are going to buy players but it is not easy to buy them for Manchester United, especially in January," he added.

"I do not see anyone who could make us a better team. There are two or three players but they are not available, so there is no point even going there."

Wayne Rooney is set to return to the United side against Newcastle after recovering from a hip injury.

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Key Points

  • Anderson set to be out with knee injury until February
  • Brazilian has travelled to Portugal to see a specialist
  • Fellow midfielder Tom Cleverley out until Christmas