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Van der Sar boosts United

08 Feb 2007 - 12:42:56

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar looks set to be fit for the resumption of the Champions League later this month, despite suffering a broken nose in last weekend's 4-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

The veteran keeper suffered a facial injury towards the end of the clash at White Hart Lane and pulled out of Holland's midweek friendly with Russia.

However, Van der Sar expects to resume light training towards the end of the week and should be fit for United's last 16 European tie with Lille on February 20.

"I will start doing some physical work again soon, maybe on Thursday or Friday," he told his personal website.

"I'll probably start with the bike and get exercising again to see how I am. A couple of weeks and that will be it, I'll be fit again.

"I don't know when I will be back in the team yet. I'm going to see how it goes when I do my first physical training session, I want to make sure I'm 100 per cent.

"I think we are going to wait until I train again early next week and take it from there. It all depends what the doctors have to say, of course."

Meanwhile, the former Fulham, Juventus and Ajax keeper isn't tempted to wear protective headgear like Chelsea counterpart Peter Cech despite suffering a head injury.

He added: "There have been lots of injuries to goalkeepers this season but it is a complete coincidence.

"It is a physical game and as long as everything is done in a sporting manner then it's fine.

"I don't feel tempted to wear the same headgear that Chelsea's Petr Cech is wearing at the moment.

"I understand why he wears it, but in my case it wouldn't have prevented my broken nose, so why would I need to?"


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