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Man Utd Injury & Team News Update: Vidic, Rooney & More….
Manchester United play their final game of the Champions League group stages when they welcome Cluj to Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Ahead of the game, manager Sir Alex Ferguson has given an injury and team news update with the latest on defender Nemanja Vidic, striker Wayne Rooney and midfielder Shinji Kagawa.
Centre-back Vidic had been pencilled-in to start after missing large parts of the season following surgery on a knee injury, but Ferguson has confirmed the Serbian is still short of fitness and won’t be considered for tomorrow’s match or the derby against Manchester City on Sunday.
Fergie admitted he’s going to make changes for the Cluj game with United already assured of topping Group H, but striker Wayne Rooney will start as he looks to return to full fitness while summer signing Shinji Kagawa is not far away from making a first team return following a lengthy lay-off.
The United supremo told Manchester United’s official website.
“I don’t think Nemanja will play, he feels he needs another few days’ training so he won’t be available. He’s not far away. He’s training well now but I think another few days will bring him on better.
“I wasn’t considering Nemanja for Sunday [against Manchester City] anyway. Playing tomorrow would have been a bonus but Sunday would have been too soon [for that sort of game].”
“We’ll rest some players tomorrow, as we did against Galatasaray,” he stated. “But we have to be fair to all the teams who are trying to reach important positions – whether that’s the Champions League or the Europa League. In that respect, we’ll play a team that we expect will win. But there will be changes.”
“When Wayne gets interrupted he needs three games to get back,” added the boss. “That’s why he’ll definitely play tomorrow.
“Wayne needs to play a lot of games to get his match-fitness up. He’s a strongly-built lad and when he misses two games, it takes him three games to come back. It’s the way he’s always been.
“He’ll play tomorrow night and hopefully that brings him on further. On Saturday [at Reading], that was his best performance of the season so far.
“Shinji Kagawa’s injury has been longer than we thought. He’s much better now and I don’t think he’s far away now.”
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