Giggs absent from open training

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs was absent from the

club’s open training session a day after being named in Parliament

as the player at the center of a gag order.

Giggs was among several United players who did not train in

front of the media on Tuesday ahead of the Champions League final

Saturday against Barcelona at Wembley.

The 37-year-old Giggs, who is married with two children, was

identified by Member of Parliament John Hemming during a House of

Commons debate on Monday as the player involved in a high-profile

privacy case.

A judge granted an injunction preventing media from publishing

allegations that the player had an affair with reality television

contestant Imogen Thomas, but Giggs’ name had been spread all over

the Internet and Twitter.

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was curt Tuesday when

asked about Giggs’ importance for Saturday’s game. He said ”all

the players are important to us.”