While Manchester United have put together an impressive assault on winning the Premier League this season, there has been one notable absentee of late - Paul Scholes.
Scholes has not kicked a ball or an opponent in anger for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side since a substitute outing against Fulham in the fourth round of the FA Cup back in January, with a niggling knee injury side-lining him ever since.
Scholes has been expected to return for a number of weeks, however as of yet there has been no sign of the veteran with the season coming closer to an end.
The lengthy absence has raised concerns that Scholes, United’s third all-time leading appearance maker, may decide to call it a day and hang up his boots; for the second and final time.
Former United midfielder Bryan Robson is certainly of the opinion that the ginger prince may well be into his last few months on the playing staff at the Theatre of Dreams:
Robson told the Daily Mirror: "Giggsy has got another year, but he looks as fit as he was when he was 21.
"Scholesy I'm not so sure about. He's been having a few problems with his knee. So I think he might just call it a day.
"Only he can answer whether or not he may register again in case of emergencies.
Robson was keen to emphasise the importance of Scholes and keeping him around the club.
He continued by saying: “Because of his attitude and the way he goes about training it is good to have him around the place."
Scholes assumed a coaching role with the youth team having chosen to retire at the end of the 2010/11 season, only to go back on his decision the following January having missed being away from the action.
Having been limited to 19 appearances in all competitions and just 10 starts its looking more and more likely that United fans will be saying farewell to this living legend; and this time for good.
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