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More injury woe for Neville

24 Jul 2009 - 12:02:09

Gary Neville's injury problems show no sign of going away after the veteran Manchester United defender was forced to fly home from the club's Far East tour with a groin strain.

The injury is described as "minor" but it almost certainly means he will miss next week's Audi Cup tournament in Munich.

Neville has been sidelined for most of the last two seasons with various muscular problems and was replaced by John O'Shea at right-back for the Champions League Final defeat to Barcelona in May.

Meanwhile, chief executive David Gill insists it was Carlos Tevez's wage demands that led to the club deciding not to keep the Argentina international.

Tevez spent the last two seasons on loan at Old Trafford, but United opted not to make the deal permanent earlier this summer and he has since signed for Manchester City.

Gill said: "There were clearly issues with Carlos. Whether he couldn't grasp what being a member of a squad was I don't know.

"But he's clearly gone for more money than we were paying him and economically his advisers possibly felt it was better for him to move on.

"Was there a genuine desire on their part to conclude a deal with us? You'd have to ask them."

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