Manchester United's veteran midfielder Scholes sidelined for further two weeks
09:58 GMT, 15 February 2013
10:19 GMT, 15 February 2013
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Paul Scholes will be out for another two weeks with the knee injury that has disrupted his season.
The veteran Manchester United midfielder has not played since the FA Cup fourth round win over Fulham in January as United try to get to the bottom of the problem.
Now he will miss Monday’s fifth round tie at home to Reading as well as the upcoming Premier League games against QPR and Norwich.
Out: Paul Scholes was in training with Manchester United ahead of their trip to Real Madrid
Ferguson, who admitted recently that he
has not yet opened talks with Scholes, 38, over the possibility of
playing on next season, said: ‘This knee injury has just been bothering
him a bit but we’ve trying another treatment on it over the weekend and
probably another couple of weeks he’ll be back.’
The Scot may be able to call upon Scholes for the home leg against Real on Tuesday, March 5.
Otherwise, Ferguson confirmed his
squad had come through their midweek exertions without a problem, but
that there would be changes to his starting line-up against Brian
McDermott's progressive team.
Praised: David de Gea was lauded by Sir Alex Ferguson for his performance against Real Madrid
One giant leap: De Gea was beaten by an unstoppable Cristiano Ronaldo header at the Santiago Bernabeu
Young starter: Gianluigi Buffon (right) broke into the Juventus first team at a young age
Me too: Petr Cech (left) was signed by Chelsea in 2004
'I will make some,' he said.
'We want to get to the quarter-finals and we do expect to qualify.'
Ferguson also had words of praise for
David de Gea, who produced possibly his best performance for United in
the 1-1 Bernabeu draw with a string of fine saves.
'He is maturing,' said Ferguson.
'Very few goalkeepers go into the
first team at 20. Gianluigi Buffon and Petr Cech are two examples of
those who did but it is not always the case.
'Peter Schmeichel didn't join us until he was 27, and he gave us eight great years.'
Focused: Sir Alex Ferguson (left) stands next to Jose Mourinho (right) on Wednesday evening