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Aug, 5, 2011

Ferguson confirms injury news

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Javier Hernandez, Michael Carrick and Rafael are all unavailable for Sunday's Community Shield.

Community Shield preview
Rooney has City in his sights
Doctor concerned for Hernandez

Ferguson has already said that Hernandez, suffering from concussion, will miss the start of the season and has now added that he is "still two to three weeks away" and "should be back at the end of August".

Carrick, meanwhile, is suffering from "tightness in his Achilles" after Edwin van der Sar's testimonial and Rafael is still recovering from an injury he suffered in the 2-1 friendly victory over Barcelona.

Darren Fletcher and Antonio Valencia, though, are expected to be available having suffered with virus and ankle problems respectively.

The Community Shield takes on an added edge this season as United take on local rivals Manchester City, but it has typically been treated as a friendly encounter and Ferguson has no plans to change his approach.

"It's very easy to get emotional about this type of game," he said. "I don't think we'll be changing our policy. I've always viewed the Community Shield as a stepping stone for the first game of the season and there are two or three players who will need a game [to boost fitness levels]."

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