Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson held his weekly press conference today and during it, he offered up an injury update to his squad. Essentially, not much has changed since Wednesday's UEFA Champions League tie with Galatasaray.
"Everyone who was involved on Wednesday is available."
- Ferguson | Source: ManUtd.com
There had been rumblings that Wayne Rooney might return in time for Sunday's trip to Anfield. However, the gaffer shot down those claims:
"I know there were reports in the paper about Rooney being possible, but that is not the case. He's not far away, I think he may be fine for next week. He's doing a lot of great training and has been working hard. It's just a matter of getting him into the full football training side of things, which he has done part of."
Fergie also offered up an update on winger Ashley Young:
"Ashley Young has got a bruised cartilage - I think it's going to take two or three weeks more for him. We're just taking our time with that one. You can easily play with it and train but we're not going down that road, we want to make sure he's okay. We get a lot of experiences these days of injuries reoccurring when they come back too quickly and we don't want that with the players - we want to give them a full recovery. He should be okay with two or three weeks’ time."
Wednesday's substitute appearance for Darren Fletcher was his first in ten months due to his difficult to manage bowel condition. Fergie revealed that Fletch won't start versus Liverpool but the midfielder is expected to feature versus Newcastle next Wednesday during the League Cup clash:
"Darren made a start [to his comeback] on Wednesday which was great. He won't start the match on Sunday but he'll certainly play against Newcastle. I think that's a perfect game for him to start back. Then we have the game against Tottenham next Saturday and he possibly could be involved in that, but it depends how he does on Wednesday. It'll be his first full 90 minutes after 10 months out so it'll be a big night for him. He's handling the conditions at the moment and he looks fine as we saw the other night. It's a matter of hoping the condition stays dormant. He's handling his diet well and doing all the right things so hopefully he gets that break he needs."
Overall, that means defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are still out for Liverpool as are Rooney and Young. The injuries to the defenders means that Rafael will likely start his third match in 9 days at right-back. In central-defense, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are a good guess as their experience might make them more optimal choices than Jonny Evans at the anticipated hostile Anfield environment.