Sir Alex Ferguson is hopeful of having Wayne Rooney back for next Sunday's trip to Tottenham.
The Manchester United manager expected to have his star striker available for Sunday's 1-0 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford.
However, after experiencing discomfort with the ankle injury he sustained at West Brom on New Year's Day during training on Friday, Ferguson decided it was not worth risking the England forward.
"I could have put him on the bench but there was no point," said Ferguson.
"He just felt it again on Friday and when he came in on Saturday morning you could see there was a reaction. At that point, we said no."
The United boss also expects skipper Nemanja Vidic to be fit, although Edwin van der Sar might need another week to recover from a flu virus that has laid him low for all three games in 2011 so far.
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