Three more weeks for Neville
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Man Utd expect captain Gary Neville to be on the sidelines for a further three weeks.
Manchester United expect captain Gary Neville to be on the sidelines for a further three weeks.
Neville damaged ankle ligaments during the early stages of United's 4-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers a fortnight ago.
Sir Alex Ferguson originally thought the full-back would be out for three weeks, but it is now likely to be a total of five weeks out of action.
"The swelling has only just gone down on his ankle, so the injury was maybe a bit worse than we thought in terms of the swelling," Ferguson told Manchester United Radio.
"But he's been doing some good work in the gym and I expect him to be back in the first team in three weeks' time."
Neville, who missed England's Euro 2008 qualifiers with Israel and Andorra, is likely to sit out both legs of United's UEFA Champions League quarter-final with Roma, and the FA Cup semi-final with Watford.
Meanwhile, Ferguson has confirmed Edwin van der Sar and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are in contention to feature against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, while Darren Fletcher is close to a return after an ankle problem.
The United boss added: "Edwin and Ole are both fit and their experience will be vital for us during this last period of the season.
"Darren Fletcher has been training very well. He's moved on to football training now having regained full fitness which is terrific.
"The original prognosis wasn't great, but he's doing very well now and we expect him to be back in two weeks."