• Premier League

Anderson set for two-month injury absence

ESPNsoccernet staff
February 22, 2011

Manchester United midfielder Anderson could be out for up to two months with a knee injury he suffered in his side's narrow FA Cup victory over Crawley Town on Saturday.

Anderson came off at half-time at Old Trafford and scans have revealed he has damaged ligaments which could require surgery. Even if he does not need an operation he is expected to be sidelined until mid-April.

The news comes as a blow for Sir Alex Ferguson given injury-stricken Owen Hargreaves has failed to complete his return to central midfield this season. Ferguson must now rely on Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick and veteran Paul Scholes to cover that area as the fixtures stack up as United fight for silverware on three fronts.

Carrick could be the main beneficiary of Anderson's woe as he pushes for a more significant role in the team. Before flying out with the squad to France for United's Champions League last-16 first leg tie against Marseillie, he spoke of the buzz he gets from being involved in Europe's top club competition.

"The buzz you get with the Champions League is something that no other competition brings,'' Carrick said. "It was strange watching Tottenham and Arsenal last week and not being involved. We have had to wait an extra week but we are ready for it.''

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