Monday, September 17, 2007

Silvestre injury opens door for United youngsters...

Mikael Silvestre will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a cruciate knee ligament injury against Everton on Saturday. It's a massive blow for the Frenchman given that he's only just recovered from a shoulder injury which kept him out of the action for a lengthy spell.

United have recently sold want-away Gaby Heinze to Real Madrid, which leaves the Reds with just one specialist left back in Patrice Evra.

However, United have several young defenders pressing for first team action. Gerrard Pique came on against Everton as a substitute when he replaced Nani late on in the game and Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans is another who will be hoping that he can make a first team breakthrough this season after spending a season on loan at Sunderland. The Reds take on Sporting Lisbon this Wednesday in the Champions League and it's expected that both Pique and Evans will be in the squad that travels to Portugal.

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