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Cleverley: I'm no sicknote

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Tom Cleverley fears being labelled "injury prone" because he spent most of last season on the Manchester United treatment table.

The 22-year-old midfielder missed the majority of the 2011-12 campaign due to a problematic ankle injury, adding to his growing list of setbacks that include a broken leg, knee ligament damage, and a dislocated shoulder.

However, the England U21 international is determined to prove his fitness, insisting that the worst is behind him, as he looks to establish his place in Sir Alex Ferguson's first-team next year, and go on to represent the club for many years to come just like Ryan Giggs.

"I'd hate to be getting the injury-prone tag because the injuries I've had have all been contact, impact or reckless tackles," explained Cleverly in the Daily Mirror. "It's not like I'm picking up hamstring injuries or thigh injuries all the time.

"Hopefully I'm getting all the bad luck out at the start of my career and I can go on to play as long as Giggsy - he's the perfect example."

Despite making his comeback in March, Cleverley was forced to watch the season climax from the sidelines, as United surrendered their Premier League title to local rivals Manchester City on the final day.

But, the midfielder is adamant that the outcome will only make the players even more hungry to win back the domestic crown next term, and says that the hard work he has put in to regain his fitness over the past few months will help him in the future.

"When you're not on the pitch you can work on other areas," he continued. "I did work with video analysis, I worked hard in the gym on my upper body and I did vision work too.

"It's a fantastic training ground because you can work hard on all aspects of your game when you're injured. Everything I could work on, I worked on. I've done everything I can while I've been out."

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