Neville set to return soon
Gary Neville is now expected to make his long-awaited comeback after the international break.
Last Updated: 08/11/07 11:23am
Manchester United skipper Gary Neville is now expected to make his long-awaited comeback after the international break.
The veteran defender, who has been out injured since March, was due to be on the bench for United's 4-0 UEFA Champions League victory over Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday night.
But his comeback had to be put on hold after he picked up a minor calf strain in training last Sunday.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has now revealed that Neville's injury is not as bad as first feared and he will be in contention to make his comeback during the 24th November trip to Bolton.
This will be ironic for the England defender as it was against Bolton that he suffered his initial injury at the start of the year.
Speaking of the situation, Ferguson told the club's official website: "Gary will be okay next week.
"He felt a bit of a strain in his calf, so panic immediately sets in with everybody because he has had such a hard time.
"But the projection is that it is more precautionary than treatment requiring, so he will be back in the game after Blackburn."
As regards Dutch keeper Edwin van der Sar, Ferguson said he was withdrawn at the break during the Kiev game because of a toe complaint, but should be fit for Sunday's clash with Blackburn.
Ferguson added he decided to rest several of his senior players for the game as a precautionary measure.
"The plan with Owen Hargreaves was always to give him a rest after the Arsenal game," Ferguson said.
"Rio Ferdinand has played every game this season and it was a good opportunity to give Ryan Giggs a break as well."