Date: 30th December 2011 at 11:41am
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There was panic amongst Manchester United fans on Friday morning as reports suggested defender Chris Smalling could be out for three months.

The defender was reported to have been diagnosed of glandular fever but Sir Alex Ferguson, speaking ahead of the New Year’s Eve game against relegation threatened Blackburn Rovers, denied reports.

He said

“Chris Smalling has got tonsillitis. I know there are reports about glandular fever but they are off the mark.

“He had glandular fever as a kid but that’s not the case here. He should be ready for the Newcastle game, at least definitely the Manchester City game in the FA Cup. He’ll be ready for those games.”

Already existing injuries in the United camp has seen no improvement as the Scot confirmed it is becoming quite a concern now.

“We don’t have much change.

“Obviously injuries to the defenders are quite a concern now, with Jonny Evans taken off at half time. We’re hoping Phil Jones will be fit, there’s possibly an outside chance that Rio Ferdinand will get on the bench. Other than that, we’re the same.”

Boxing day hat trick hero Dimitar Berbatov is also set for contact extension at Old Traffod, Sir Alex confirmed.

“We’ll be exercising [the option to renew his contract].I think it kicks in in March.”


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