Paul Scholes has been ruled out of Manchester United's Premier League trip to Chelsea on Sunday.
Scholes has been struggling with a groin problem that has kept him out of action since the Champions League trip to Rangers three weeks ago and manager Sir Alex Ferguson is dubious about the veteran midfielder being available for the first part of United's festive programme.
"Paul is out of Sunday," the United boss told Key 103.
"We are working towards getting him fit for the new year matches."
Ferguson expressed optimism that John O'Shea should be available for this weekend despite a minor calf problem.