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Gary Set To Miss Final

United skipper Gary Neville's season looks to have ended in March as he hasn't featured since then, due to an ankle injury that will rule him out of the Cup Final.

I had written on these pages not long ago that I fear Gary Neville's return would be delayed until start of next season. Well, that's what is set to happen.

First, the Sheffield United game, on April 18 was earmarked for the return of Gary. Fergie was confident that even if he the did not make that clash, he would be available for the following game against Middlesbrough. Then, he was declared to have a very good chance of playing against Milan... and since then, everything's been quiet.

The swelling on his ankle refused to disappear and he's not trained with a football ever since his injury. He might do that next week but even he should not play in a Cup Final when he's desperately short of match fitness.

'Gary has been doing some light running this week, and did a bit more aggressive work this morning,' said Fergie.

'Obviously he's up against it for the final but we're going to give him a chance because he deserves to be fit.

'He'll have to do some serious work with the football next week as we've not introduced that part yet. Whether it will be soon enough, I have my doubts - unfortunately.'

I'm disappointed, to be honest. Apart from the fact that he's our best right-back by a mile, I was looking forward seeing him lead out his team onto the pitch of the New Wembley. He would have deserved that for all the commitment he has shown throughout his career at us.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 11 2007

Time: 2:26PM

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after browns impressive performance on wednesday i would have no issues with him playing at right back
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11/05/2007 14:57:00

Me neither mate.
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11/05/2007 16:23:00

I don't think Wes has got the credit he deserves for what he has done not only the last couple of months but all his United career.
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11/05/2007 16:24:00

yeah 9 times out of 10 he will play well.
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11/05/2007 21:38:00

Meh.. 9 times out of 10 he will play for you..but well.....?
Blue is the colour
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11/05/2007 22:35:00

Wes brown will always stick in my mind for when owen left him on his arse against you mancs, hahah
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12/05/2007 17:40:00

ha ha and which player in you team has won four premiership medals like wes brown
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12/05/2007 21:30:00

and yet how many caps does he have?
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13/05/2007 00:23:00

i guess it would be hard trying to replace englands greatest ever right back in neville, takeabowson - how many liverpool players are actually in the england squad? gerrard, crouch, is carracgher (never even seen him with the jersey on). utd on the other hand have foster, neville, brown, rio, carrick, richardson, rooney and smith (8 to ur 3 - time u shut up now, dont ya think?
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14/05/2007 22:49:00

Dont forget UNited4Life 4 of them cant even get into our starting eleven yet are good enough for international football now thats a big proper club.
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15/05/2007 21:20:00


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