Silvestre injury confirmed
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester United have confirmed Mikael Silvestre dislocated his right shoulder.
Manchester United have confirmed Mikael Silvestre dislocated his right shoulder against Lille on Wednesday.
The Red Devils progressed to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League with a 2-0 aggregate win over Lille, but the victory came at a cost as Silvestre left the field on a stretcher.
The French defender landed awkwardly following an aerial challenge and manager Sir Alex Ferguson's initial fears of a dislocation have proved correct.
United have not put a timescale on the length of time Silvestre will be sidelined for, but he is likely to be sidelined for at least three weeks.
Ferguson has seen a number of key figures pick up injuries in the last week and it will be a blow to lose Silvestre as the season reaches boiling point.
Silvestre will definitely miss Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final with Middlesbrough and the Premiership clash with Bolton, but there is a two-week domestic break after United meet The Trotters on 17th March 17 due to international qualifiers.