Thursday, February 2, 2012

United Injury Woes Deepen

Lindegaard scan deepens United keeper crisis
1 February 2012

Anders Lindegaard has been ruled out for four weeks, leaving Manchester United to rely on calamity keeper David De Gea for their crunch period.

Lindegaard had a scan yesterday on the ankle he injured on Monday, which revealed the United No.1 has suffered ligament damage.

The Denmark international is definitely out of United's games against Chelsea, Liverpool and Norwich - and is struggling to be ready for Tottenham on March 4.

With Lindegaard out, Sir Alex Ferguson will have to turn to De Gea for United's crucial next phase in the title race.

De Gea also suffered a knock in Monday's training session, but his problem is much less serious and he could be back to play at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The young Spaniard was at fault for both Liverpool goals on Saturday and Fergie cannot take him out of the firing line, like he did after his horror show in United's home defeat to Blackburn on New Year's Eve.

United's only other options are the inexperienced Ben Amos, who made his Premier League debut against Stoke yesterday, and outcast Tomasz Kuszczak, who will be shown the door in the summer when his contract expires.

Although Amos is the same age as De Gea at 21, his appearance in the 2-0 win over the Potters was only his seventh in his five seasons at Old Trafford.

Amos hopes he has shown Ferguson he is ready for more league action after being restricted to just three games in the Carling Cup this season.

"I have been waiting a long time for an opportunity this season and thankfully it came," he said.

"I feel I am ready to play at this level and it has been kind of frustrating that these chances don't come around. But you have to be ready when something like that happens and you are thrown straight in and I like to think I made the most of it.

"All I can do is go out and do the best I can, and put pressure on the other goalkeepers in training and try and get a chance in the games. But it's the manager's decision at the end of the day."

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