Valencia injury boost for United

September 25, 2010 | In: Articles

Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia could be back in action as early as February, according to manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Ecuador international’s season was thought to be over after he picked up a horrific ankle injury during Tuesday’s goalless Champions League draw with Rangers.

The 25-year-old is still facing a long spell on the sidelines after dislocating and fracturing his ankle, but Ferguson has given an upbeat reassessment of the injury following surgery on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Ferguson has confirmed that Dimitar Berbatov will start for his online betting favourites against Liverpool in Sunday’s Premier League showdown.

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Everton boss David Moyes and assistant manager Steve Round have both admitted FA charges of improper conduct relating to the 3-3 draw with Manchester United.

The duo faced action after they confronted referee Martin Atkinson on the pitch at full-time of a thrilling Goodison Park encounter, being angered by the official blowing his whistle as the Toffees attacked in search of a winning goal.

In golf, Lee Westwood has no doubts that he will be ready to play in the Ryder Cup after completing his first 18 holes in almost two months.

The 37-year-old has struggled with a calf injury for much of the summer and there were real fears that he would miss next month’s high-profile event at Celtic Manor when the problem flared up again in early August.

However, after playing a round at Lindrick near Sheffield, Westwood now plans to play in a charity event at Archerfield in Scotland next Monday and Tuesday before attempting to complete 36 holes in one day – the same format as the opening two days of the Ryder Cup – next Friday.

Wales and rugby union Ospreys star Gavin Henson could be heading to London Irish after the Exiles revealed they were keen to sign the 28-year-old.

Henson has said he wants to leave south Wales and move to London so that he can be closer to his children following his separation from Charlotte Church.

The likes of Wasps, Harlequins, Saracens, Bath and Gloucester have all said they are not interested in signing Henson who has not played rugby for 18 months.

US Open finalist Novak Djokovic has been forced to pull out of Serbia’s opening rubber of their Davis Cup semi-final against the Czech Republic with gastroenteritis.

The 23-year-old world number two, who was beaten by Rafael Nadal at Flushing Meadows on Monday, has been replaced by Viktor Troicki.

Troicki faces Radek Stepanek but it is unclear whether Djokovic will be fit enough to play in Saturday’s doubles rubber or the reverse singles on Sunday.

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