Neville Misses Reserve Game

Last updated : 12 October 2007 By editor

The Times reports

'Gary Neville has suffered another setback in his bid to recover from the longest injury layoff of his career, having pulled out of a comeback for the Manchester United reserve team against Liverpool last night.

'Neville's fitness is a growing concern for United and England after an absence that is expected to drag into an eighth month. The 32-year-old had hoped an appearance in last night's match would end the anguish that began with an ankle ligament injury during United's 4-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers on March 17, but as he struggles to fight off calf and thigh injuries, his return to action has been delayed by at least a fortnight.

'Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager, tried to dismiss concerns about Neville's long-term future yesterday, saying that his captain was "over his last injury" and "only needs games now". United maintain that Neville's omission from last night's match was a precautionary measure, rather than a reaction to a new problem, but there is concern about his susceptibility to injury. Since the start of the 2004-05 season, he has missed 52 of United's 123 league matches.'