Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that the club's injury crisis is turning into a nightmare after Jonny Evans limped out of the 2-1 win against Blackburn Rovers.
The young defender seems certain to miss Tuesday's Champions League clash with Internazionale after suffering a recurrence of an ankle injury during the match.
Nemanja Vidic is suspended for the game while both Gary Neville and Wes Brown have already been ruled out.
"It's a nightmare," admitted Ferguson. "Somewhere I have to find two centre-backs but it's looking very doubtful because Jonny's unlikely to play now."
Ferguson also slammed suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo should have been sent off for diving in the narrow victory, adding: "He wasn't fortunate to be on the pitch at all.
"The referee spoke to him when Ronaldo flicked out (at David Dunn). The boy kicked him, Ronaldo flicked out but it was no more than that. The referee thought it was fine and gave him a warning.
"You see it time and time again with Ronaldo, the press will make a meal of it. He has to live with that kind of examination. But it would have been a ridiculous sending off.
"Ronaldo got booked for diving, quite right. What did (Morten Gamst) Pedersen do? It was an absolute dive, yet he's not been booked.
"He either gives a penalty or he books Pedersen. It's either or. It was nowhere near a penalty kick.
"(Da Silva) Rafael came behind him, and his hand touched Pedersen's shoulder, and as soon as he felt it he immediately dives. I don't understand why he doesn't get a yellow card but Ronaldo does. It's not right."