United expecting Hernandez layoff

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson thinks striker Javier Hernandez could be facing another spell on the sidelines after coming off injured against Chelsea yesterday.

The Mexican hitman missed the start of the current Barclays Premier League campaign with a head injury sustained during the pre-season tour of America, and now faces another fortnight's absence following a challenge from Ashley Cole in the 3-1 win at Old Trafford.

"We will have to see what the damage is in the morning. His leg is very numb," Ferguson side post-match.

"He could be out for a couple of weeks."

'Chicharito' was following-up a Wayne Rooney strike that had hit the post, and whilst firing the rebound wide fell foul of a lunging attempted block from Cole, who was booked for the attempted challenge.

Ferguson was far from happy with the attempted challenge, and believed the Red Devils should also have been awarded a penalty by referee Phil Dowd for the incident.

"It was a shocking tackle. The referee booked him, so I don't understand why he hasn't given a penalty," Ferguson told MUTV.


"Ashley Cole is very reckless at times. He is committed of course but being committed you can sometimes go over the edge a bit. That was an example of that."

Andre Villas-Boas unsurprisingly saw things differently, refusing to blame his England international for the incident.

Instead, the former Porto boss placed blame at the foot of the assistant referee, with two tight decisions going against the Blues in the early stages of the game and ultimately costing his side a chance for points.

"Maybe he wouldn't get sent off if the linesman does his work. He would have been less emotionally drained," said Villas-Boas post-match.

"I work the other way round. You are trying to say the referee did something wrong. I cannot forget the previous two.

"If it was 0-0 maybe Ashley is a little bit more mentally in control of the situation and doesn't do the red card foul that you mention."

The FA confirmed today Cole will face no further punishment for the incident.

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