Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is set to be sidelined for a fortnight with an ankle injury.
The Bulgarian suffered the problem during United’s 2-0 defeat at Fulham a fortnight ago.
Berbatov will miss Sunday’s crucial match against Aston Villa, when Sir Alex Ferguson will also be without the suspended Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic and Paul Scholes.
He is also likely to sit out both legs of the Champions League quarter-final against Porto, as well as next Saturday’s trip to Sunderland.
“It’s probably going to be another two weeks,” said Ferguson.
“Hopefully he will be back training with us at the end of next week and he will be okay after that.”
Ferguson admits he will have no other option but to turn to Carlos Tevez against Villa, even though the Argentine will not return from South America until Friday.
“I think he gets back from Mars about 4pm,” joked Ferguson.
“With Dimitar out and Wayne suspended hopefully Carlos will be okay. That will give us one striker, then we will have to choose another.
“With the extra day’s rest I am relatively confident we can get a fit team out on the pitch.”