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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Community Shield Match Preview: Manchester United Vs Portsmouth

Community Shield Match: Manchester United Vs Portsmouth
Time: 9.55pm to 12 Midnight
Starhub Channel 24: StarSports (Live)


Manchester United

Skipper Gary Neville could lead the team out for only his second competitive appearance since he suffered a serious ankle injury in March 2007. But Ronaldo (ankle), Owen Hargreaves, Ben Foster, Louis Saha and Park Ji-sung (all with knee injuries) are ruled out, and there is a doubt over Rooney. But midfielder Michael Carrick will be back, having recovered from the same virus that laid Rooney low.

"Carrick trained yesterday for the first time and I'm taking him to Wembley," said Ferguson. "Hopefully I'll give him some minutes on the pitch. If he is feeling good then we have to get some minutes on the clock for him ahead of next week against Newcastle."

Rooney is also over the virus now, but only returned to training on Friday after having missed every session since United returned from Africa on 28th July.

"We have a big job to get him ready for Newcastle," said Fergie, "but with seven or eight days training, we may just make it now. He's much better and the medical reports are good.

"Gary Neville and Nani are fit and they will travel,” he continued. “Nani will probably start on Sunday because he is suspended for the first two league games of the season.

"Owen Hargreaves is not ready. He should be OK for Portsmouth away (on Monday 25 August), that's the time frame we've put on it.

"Ben Foster had a bit of swelling in his knee which you can sometimes get after a cruciate knee injury. We're trying to manage that but he's not ready yet to play in games. It's unfortunate for the lad because he was looking forward to an uninterrupted run."

Squad: Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Neville, Brown, R Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, O'Shea, Evans, Evra, Silvestre, F Da Silva, Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Fletcher, Gibson, Possebon, Giggs, Martin, Tevez, Campbell.


Redknapp could be without midfielders Lassana Diarra (ankle) and Sean Davis (hip), while Glen Little is trying to shake off a thigh injury.

FA Cup final hero Kanu is doubtful with a dead leg, while Sol Campbell is expected to be fit following a virus. David Nugent (groin) is sidelined, with Ben Sahar, on loan from Chelsea, in line to replace him.

Squad: James, Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Hreidarsson, Utaka, Diop, Pedro Mendes, Kranjcar, Crouch, Little, Sahar, Diarra, Defoe, Davis, Kanu, Wilson, Duffy, Lauren, Nugent, Mvuemba, Cranie, Ashdown.

Source: BBC Football,