Gaard down so Utd stay in Gea
31 January 2012
FLOP David De Gea faces Stoke tonight after Anders Lindegaard suffered a horror training injury.
Danish keeper Lindegaard was in line for a Manchester United recall after De Gea's shaky show in the defeat at Liverpool.
But Lindegaard was left screaming in agony after injuring an ankle in training and United's medical team fear he has damaged ligaments.
It is the last news boss Alex Ferguson needed after crashing out of the FA Cup to their big rivals.
And 21-year-old De Gea was again under fire for his display at Anfield.
The Spaniard failed to deal with a corner for Liverpool's opener in the 2-1 loss, dropped a simple cross and knocked one clearance straight to Stewart Downing.
Fergie's selection of De Gea at Anfield had raised eyebrows after 27-year-old Lindegaard appeared to have stolen a march in the battle to be United's first-choice keeper.
He had played in all but the Boxing Day loss to Blackburn in United's last six games and was set to get a recall against Stoke.
But now Fergie will be forced to stick with De Gea for the arrival of Tony Pulis' heavy artillery at Old Trafford.
United are also set to be without Wayne Rooney again after he missed Saturday's defeat with a damaged ankle.
But Rio Ferdinand, on the bench at Anfield, will be back in action.
Winger Nani is also close to a return after suffering a badly-bruised foot and could feature in Sunday's trip to Chelsea.
Phil Jones, who injured an ankle in the league win over Arsenal, is also nearing a comeback.