United's Cleverley out until Christmas

Manchester United's Tom Cleverley will be sidelined until Christmas with ligament damage in his ankle, the English Premier League club announced Friday.

Cleverley, 22, was injured last month at Everton and the injury was initially believed not to be serious. However, it turns out the former English Under-21 and U-20 international will now be out another six weeks.

"It is pretty long term," said Ferguson. "(He will be out until) Christmas time. It is unfortunate. It is worse than we thought. When he first came off against Everton he reported it as just a tightness, with a bit of pain.

"We have done scans again and the injury has recurred. We will have to give him a break."