Fergie backs Howard
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has rejected reports that he could drop Tim Howard.Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has rejected reports that he could drop Tim Howard for the clash with Lyon on Wednesday.
Reports have claimed that Howard could lose his place in the side to Roy Carroll after a terrible blunder in the 2-2 draw with Bolton last weekend.
Ferguson, when asked whether Howard was going to be dropped in favour of Carroll for the trip to France, denied any change between the posts.
"That's not the case," insisted Ferguson.
Ferguson admitted the injury problems at Old Trafford this season have been frustrating for him as he has been unable to field his strongest line-up.
"I don't think we have ever started with such a long injury list," added Ferguson.
"At the moment it seems like we are taking one step forward and two back. We got Gabriel Heinze back and immediately lost Gary Neville for a month.
"The luck is not with us at the moment but I guess it will even itself out over the course of a season."
Despite the injury crisis Ferguson had encouraging news on new signing Wayne Rooney, with the England teenager close to a return to action after taking part in his first training session with the rest of the first team squad.
"He has been training with us since he came from Everton but he was part of the main session yesterday (Monday)," said Ferguson.
"He is working very hard and while you have to go with medical opinion, he can't be far away now."
Meanwhile, Roy Keane has travelled with the squad to France despite police investigating allegations that the United skipper assaulted a teenage boy earlier this month.
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