Ferguson confirms Nani absence

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Nani will not return to action until after the international break later this month.

The winger was forced out of his side’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday after sustaining a deep gash following a first-half tackle by Jamie Carragher.

Many observers felt the challenge warranted a straight red card rather than the yellow Carragher received and the player made a personal apology to Nani after the game.

As Ferguson did not speak post match, Friday morning was the first opportunity to get a public verdict on the injury and the United boss is reasonably happy with the treatment, even though Nani will not be fit for Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final with Arsenal, Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Marseille or next Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Bolton.

"We have managed to stitch the injury, which is good news," said Ferguson.

"We need to guard against infection and swelling.

"It is difficult to say exactly when he will be ready to return but we won’t get him back for the Bolton match next Saturday."