Ferguson reveals O’Shea injury fears
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has raised the
possibility that John O’Shea might be sidelined for two more
The United utility man picked up a thigh injury during the
Republic of Ireland’s shattering World Cup exit in France last
month that Ferguson initially felt was nothing more than a dead
However, O’Shea has not played since. And while Rio Ferdinand
and Jonny Evans are inching towards their returns from injury and
Nemanja Vidic and Wes Brown have already made it back to the Red
Devils first team, for O’Shea the delay goes on.
“There is no sign at all of recovery for John,” said
Ferguson. “It is his first injury at the club and he is a big loss
because he is such a versatile player.
“We just want to get him back but it could be a couple of
Ferguson revealed that when O’Shea got back from France,
blood congealed in his muscle, raising the possibility of further
It consigned O’Shea to the sidelines at a time when his
ability to play right across the back four would have been
invaluable. In his absence, the likes of Darren Fletcher and
Michael Carrick have been forced to help out in defence, one of the
major reasons why United lost twice in three games to put their
Premier League title hopes in jeopardy.
The joint return of Vidic and Brown has coincided with a
two-match winning run over Christmas that yielded eight goals, five
of them coming against Wigan at Old Trafford last night.
Vidic and Brown will continue to shoulder the burden for now
but Ferguson is optimistic Evans will return to duty in the next 10
days, with Ferdinand not too far behind after United finally got to
the root of a back problem that has plagued the England defender
for 18 months.
“Jonny has been involved in the football side for a few
days,” said Ferguson, who is celebrating his 68th birthday today.
“He is doing well and should be back quicker, within the next 10
days or so.
“Rio is nowhere near that but the main thing is there is no
recurrence of the back problem.
“That is what we have been waiting for.
“We wanted him to come through the test of running and
turning. He is doing his programme in the gymnasium, which is good
and at the moment it is looking very healthy.”