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Fergie explains Foster snub

21 Mar 2008 - 07:10:19

Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster may still be loaned out by the Premier League leaders, despite impressing last weekend against Derby County.

The 24-year-old England international made a superb debut for United against the Rams, but was dropped in favour of the returning Tomasz Kuszczak for the midweek win over Bolton Wanderers.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that that was because Foster is not registered for the Champions League this season and Kuszczak will be needed if Edwin van der Sar fails to shrug off a groin injury.

"The reason he did not play (against Bolton) is quite simply this, Ben is not registered for Europe," he revealed.

"He could have felt he was entitled to play and expected to play, but that would have meant it was a blow for Tomasz Kuszczak, so really we had to bring Tomasz in because of the European situation.

"We have to make a decision about whether Ben should go on loan now. Edwin's had this groin injury two or three times this season, so we could end up a little short.

"I'm going to sit down with Ben and discuss it with him."


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