Manchester United defender Wes Brown out for six weeks with broken bone in foot

09 March 2010 06:25
The news rules the 30 year-old out of Wednesday's Champions League last-16 return leg against AC Milan and a significant portion of Manchester United's end-of-season fixture programme. [LNB]Brown will miss Premier League games against Fulham, Liverpool, Bolton and a potential title-decider against Chelsea on April 3. The injury will also rule him out of the Champions League quarter-finals were United to progress. [LNB]Brown, who also broke a metatarsal bone just over a year ago, would then almost certainly be absent for the games with Blackburn on April 11 and against derby rivals Manchester City a week later. [LNB]"It's just unfortunate," United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted. [LNB]"He has had a career blighted by injury and they've all been long ones, and now he has another. He'll be out for four to six weeks. [LNB]"I hope to get him back for some of the season." [LNB]Brown picked up the injury during United's 1-0 win over Wolves on Saturday in a challenge with Matt Jarvis, and left Molineux with a protective boot on the damaged foot. [LNB]The recovery timescale is at least good news for England, with Brown expected to be part of Fabio Capello's squad for the World Cup after playing at right-back against Egypt last week. [LNB]Brown's absence further adds to Ferguson's woes ahead of tomorrow night's crucial European encounter against Milan, which will see United defending a 3-2 advantage from the first leg at the San Siro. [LNB]Anderson (knee), Ryan Giggs (arm) and John O'Shea (leg) are also out, although Ferguson confirmed the in-form Wayne Rooney would be available after a knee problem. [LNB]"He is fit," Ferguson said of the England frontman. [LNB]"There is a rapid improvement from Saturday morning because on Friday evening I didn't think he had any chance. [LNB]"It's good news. He is a threat to anyone at the moment." [LNB]

Source: Telegraph