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United reeling from Anderson blow

Manchester United midfielder Anderson has been ruled out of action until February with his knee injury.

The Brazilian ace suffered the injury in the 2-0 Champions League win over Otelul Galati in early November but was initially only expected to be out for a month at the most.

However, after undergoing tests in the past few weeks, United have now decided the best possible course of action is to send him to see a specialist in a bid to get him back as soon as possible. Those following the football odds will know he will be a big miss for the side.

The 23-year-old will now go to Portugal to assess the damage and he may even require an operation to aid his recovery, although that could end up delaying his return to action even further.

Boss Sir Alex Ferguson remains a big fan of Anderson and described the setback as a “blow” when revealing the news in his weekly press conference ahead of the home clash with Newcastle.

It is fair to say Anderson took time to settle at Old Trafford following his big-money move from Porto in 2007 but, up until his injury, he was enjoying his best spell in a United shirt.

The Brazil international was a regular in the first few months of the season and also chipped in with two vital goals in the wins over Spurs and Norwich as he was finally beginning to justify the £27million Ferguson splashed out on the player over four years ago.

United will now wait to see how his assessment will go in Portugal before they set a date for his return but Ferguson did say he does not expect to have him back until February. Anyone looking at the Premier League betting will be wondering what sort of impact his absence will have on the side.

As a result, Anderson will miss the final Champions League group game against Basel – a match the Red Devils need to avoid defeat in to qualify – and also some big Premier League clashes as the champions look to close the gap on rivals Man City at the top.

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