Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed a number of injury absences in Manchester United's preparations for the Manchester City game on Sunday. Antonio Valencia, Shinji Kagawa and Nemanja Vidic are all out for the derby.
Valencia, who has already missed a few games through injury in recent weeks, will not be ready to face City and is still a few weeks away from fitness according to Ferguson. The Scot also previously stated that Kagawa might make the bench for Sunday but now will not be ready until the Sunderland game next week. Vidic finds himself in a similar situation and will most likely feature in United's encounter with the Black Cats. Tom Cleverley will have a scan on his injured leg today which certainly rules him out of the City clash as well. Cleverley picked up a calf injury in the Champions League match against Cluj on Wednesday.
Speaking at his press conference on Friday, Ferguson said, "On the injury front, Tom Cleverley will have a scan this morning and we'll see what he's like. It's his calf, which is always a worry, but we'll see. I thought Kagawa might have done enough to make the bench on Wednesday but no, he's well short. But I don't think he'll be available until the Sunderland game. Vidic has certainly been doing well in training and it suits his own confidence to play but I think the game on Sunday is a bit soon for him. I think he'll be ready for Sunderland. I know we've got a few injuries at the moment but we've got a big strong squad of players. Nani and Valencia are still out. It will be a few weeks with them."
United go into the City match three points ahead of their Manchester rivals and a win for the Red Devils would put them in a very strong position over the Christmas period. Neither team have been playing to their own standards in recent weeks but the form book will go out the window this Sunday as one of the biggest rivalries in the sport go head to head.
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