Sir Alex Ferguson insists Manchester United can handle their defensive injury
crisis despite raising the spectre of Rio Ferdinand missing the remainder of the campaign.
CHRIS Herd is the latest player to fall foul of Villa's recent central defensive injury
curse as Villa head to Sunderland.
However, during United's chronic early-season defensive injury
problems, Rafael,22, has been one of the stand-out performers.
United face a defensive injury
crisis as Nemanja Vidic has been ruled out for another eight weeks as he needs further knee surgery.
15 mph James Perch came of age last season among Newcastle's defensive injury
crisis, and he has now completed more successful passes in the attacking third than any other defender with 29.
BOLTON v ARSENAL TONIGHT, 8PM ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger hopes the Gunners' defensive injury
crisis may be easing after left-back Kieran Gibbs returned to full training, although not in time to face Bolton tonight.
It will be a tough task for Mancini, who must do so despite a defensive injury
crisis and player unrest since Hughes' exit.
SIR ALEX FERGUSON has ruled out making new signings to ease his defensive injury
Cardiff City have suffered a major defensive injury
blow with teenage full-back Kerrea Gilbert ruled out for up to six weeks.
SVEN-GORAN Eriksson's medical staff were today assessing Ledley King's fitness after the England coach was hit by a string of central defensive injury
worries ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Holland.
Neale Cooper admitted last night he feared Hartlepool were heading for a defensive injury
crisis following knocks to both Hugh Robertson and Jack Ross.
problems still persist, and the suspension of top striker Marcus Stewart is a serious loss.
Arsenal 3 Man City 2 ARSENE WENGER is facing a defensive injury
crisis after Gabriel was carried off.
A DEFENSIVE injury
crisis has forced Hibs manager Terry Butcher to step up his search for new faces this week.
Hurst was taken on by Blues boss Lee Clark to help cope with a defensive injury