More injury woe for Hargreaves

The England international midfielder, 29, made only one substitute

appearance in the last campaign after an 18-month absence through

injury. It was hoped he could join United on their summer tour –

they leave for their training camp in Chicago on Monday – but

instead he is having further treatment. Sir Alex Ferguson told

MUTV: “The bad news is that Owen Hargreaves is back in America

seeing a specialist. “He will not be ready for the start of the

season. I do not know when he will be back.” Ferguson also fears

Rio Ferdinand will not be ready for the first game of the season

against Newcastle. The England defender suffered a knee injury in

training ahead of the World Cup match with the United States and

was unable to play in South Africa. Ferguson said: “Rio will

probably not make the start of the season. It will be close. It

depends on his progress over the next few weeks.”