Manchester United will have to do without Wayne Rooney for the home game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday after the striker suffered a calf injury while on international duty.
Rooney picked up the injury in England’s 1-0 defeat against Ukraine last weekend and returned to Manchester for treatment.
However, with a European tie against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night and Liverpool in the league next weekend, manager Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled the 23 year old out of the Bolton clash.
“Calf injuries can be troublesome,” said Ferguson.
“We are trying our best to get him fit for Wednesday but I have my doubts on that. But Wayne should be fit for the Liverpool game.
“We know how difficult these things can be so we will not be taking any chances with the Moscow trip.”
In better news for United, goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar is set for his first appearance of the season at Old Trafford on Saturday having recovered from broken fingers sustained in preseason.