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Euro injury headache for United
Published : 26 Sep 2011 12:35:36
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson could be without eight senior players for Tuesday's Champions League clash with Basle at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney is expected to miss out with the hamstring injury that sidelined him for Saturday's draw with Stoke and he was among a long list of players who did not train at United's Carrington HQ.
Also absent was Rooney's strike partner Javier Hernandez, who limped off early in the Stoke game with a dead leg.
That is almost certain to mean Rio Ferdinand lining up alongside youngster Phil Jones, with Antonio Valencia again pressed into service as an emergency right-back as Rafael (shoulder) is out with a long-term problem.
United drew their opening match with Benfica in Lisbon a fortnight ago, while Basle are group leaders after defeating Romanian side Otelul Galati in their first game.