Manchester United winger Ashley Young has been ruled out for two to three weeks with a "bruised cartilage", Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed.
The 27-year-old missed out on the England squad for the World Cup 2014 qualifying double-header against Moldova and Ukraine earlier this month, and Ferguson now expects to be without the player until October.
Ferguson confirmed the problem at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's game against Liverpool.
Despite reports otherwise Ferguson also confirmed Wayne Rooney is not yet fit to return for United as his recovery from a badly gashed thigh continues.
Speaking ahead of the Red Devils clash against Liverpool this weekend the Scot said: "Everyone who was involved on Wednesday is available,” said Sir Alex. “I know there were reports in the paper about Rooney being possible, but that is not the case. He's not far away, I think he may be fine for next week.
“He's doing a lot of great training and has been working hard. It's just a matter of getting him into the full football training side of things, which he has done part of.
“Ashley Young has got a bruised cartilage - I think it's going to take two or three weeks more for him. We're just taking our time with that one. You can easily play with it and train but we're not going down that road, we want to make sure he's okay.
“We get a lot of experiences these days of injuries reoccurring when they come back too quickly and we don't want that with the players - we want to give them a full recovery. He should be okay with two or three weeks’ time.”
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