Injury setback for United skipper Neville

Last updated at 17:37 07 December 2007

Manchester United captain Gary Neville has suffered another setback in his

recovery from long-term injury.

Neville has not featured for the Red Devils since breaking an ankle against

Bolton at the beginning of March.

More Manchester United news

Scroll down for more

Gary Neville

It was originally anticipated the 32-year-old would be back for the FA Cup

final against Chelsea.

After failing to make that deadline Neville suffered calf and thigh problems

which delayed his comeback even further.

The long-serving defender was able to appear for the reserves against

Sunderland last month.

However, another second string appearance was scrapped last week and now Sir

Alex Ferguson has confirmed Neville will not fly to Rome for the Champions

League encounter as previously suggested.

"Gary has had another setback," said Ferguson.

"Obviously it is disappointing. He has gone back to the specialist for him to

have another look at it but at the moment there is nothing positive on that at


Ferguson has previously suggested Neville's problems are not career

threatening, which is a stance he is still sticking to despite the latest

unhappy news.

"It is not getting serious," he said. "He just keeps getting niggling


"It is a concern that he gets small setbacks every time he gets ready to play.

We need to sort it out and get him back as soon as possible."

No comments have so far been submitted. Why not be the first to send us your thoughts, or debate this issue live on our message boards.

We are no longer accepting comments on this article.

Who is this week's top commenter? Find out now