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Anderson to miss United decider at Basel

Published: Friday 25 November 2011, 11.13CET
Midfielder Anderson will be unavailable for Manchester United FC's decisive matchday six game at FC Basel 1893 after the Brazilian was sidelined until February with a knee injury.
Anderson to miss United decider at Basel
Sir Alex Ferguson does not expect Anderson to play again until 2012 ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Friday 25 November 2011, 11.13CET

Anderson to miss United decider at Basel

Midfielder Anderson will be unavailable for Manchester United FC's decisive matchday six game at FC Basel 1893 after the Brazilian was sidelined until February with a knee injury.

Manchester United FC manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said Brazilian midfielder Anderson will be out of action until the new year after sustaining a knee injury.

The 23-year-old has not played since being taken off ten minutes from the end of the Red Devils' 2-0 UEFA Champions League win at home against FC Oţelul Galaţi on 2 November, and Sir Alex said: "Anderson is not fit until February. He's gone to see a specialist in Portugal about his knee. We didn't expect that and it's a blow."

United must avoid defeat at FC Basel 1893 on matchday six if they are to progress to the round of 16 from Group C, and Sir Alex was keen to underline that he still had plenty of options in midfield. "We have Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher, and if we get Tom Cleverley back for Christmas that'll be a bonus," he said. "We'll be OK; we have a strong squad."

Last updated: 25/11/11 13.43CET

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