Cleverley admits frustration
Man Utd midfielder Tom Cleverley has told skysports.com of his injury annoyance, but his rehabilitation remains on track.
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Last Updated: 27/10/11 4:46pm
Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has admitted his frustration at the injury which has postponed his emergence as one of the Premier League's rising stars.
The 22-year-old was ruled out for a month earlier in September and remains on that rehabilitation schedule after damaging ligaments in his foot following a challenge from Bolton's Kevin Davies.
Cleverley, who spent last season on loan at Wigan, had started all of United's Premier League matches this campaign before his injury and had been praised for his second-half substitute performance in the Community Shield.
He is clearly a major part of Sir Alex Ferguson's plans at club level and he was also expected to make his senior England debut against Holland before the August friendly was called off due to the London riots.
Having suffered a dislocated shoulder and a serious knee problem previously in his career during respective loan spells at Leicester and Watford, another fitness setback in what is a breakthrough season therefore comes as an annoyance.
Cleverley, though, is determined to overcome the disappointment, as he exclusively told skysports.com when asked if the injury was a frustration: "Yeah, but I'll keep working hard and hopefully I'll be back soon."
The midfielder has already missed the UEFA Champions League draw with Benfica and was sat in the stands for United's thrilling Premier League win over Chelsea on Sunday.
Cleverley is also set to be absent for this week's Carling Cup game against fierce rivals Leeds, next Saturday's league trip to Stoke, the following European meeting with Basel and the domestic match with Norwich.
A return in some form for United's trip to Anfield to take on bitter foes Liverpool on 15th October is a probable scenario, but that schedule would also rule him out of England's important final Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro on 7th October.
However, Cleverley is refusing to become too upset by his injury, as he said when questioned on his foot: "It's not too bad. I should only be out for three or four weeks."