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United wait on injured Edwin

05 Feb 2007 - 07:54:57

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar faces a spell on the sidelines after breaking his nose in Sunday's 4-0 victory at Tottenham.

The veteran Dutchman was forced off ten minutes from full-time at White Hart Lane after being caught by Robbie Keane's knee in an accidental collision.

Van der Sar has pulled out of Holland's squad for the friendly against Russia on Wednesday and United are waiting on scans to asses the full extent of the damage.

"He needs a scan. We must wait and see what kind of fracture he has," confirmed United assistant Carlos Queiroz.

Meanwhile, United had to employ John O'Shea as a makeshift goalkeeper for the closing stages having already made three outfield substitutions during the match.

The Republic of Ireland defender produced an impressive ten-minute spell to secure a clean sheet for the Premiership leaders including a one-on-one save to deny Keane right at the death.

"I asked Edwin whether he had a clean sheet bonus when we got into the dressing room because I want half it," he said afterwards.

"When I came on the manager told me to tell the defenders to make sure we kept a clean sheet, so I was very happy to help the team do that.

"When I saw Robbie (Keane) baring down on me I thought he was going to stick it through my legs but thankfully I got lucky!"


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