Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will be out of action for another three to four weeks with a thigh injury.
Ferdinand suffered a slight tear in his thigh during training last week ahead of the Premier League opener against Birmingham.
“Rio is going to be out for three to four weeks,” said United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
It means Ferdinand will miss Saturday’s trip to Wigan, plus next weekend’s encounter with Arsenal.
In addition, Ferdinand now seems certain to miss the next two England games, starting with a friendly against Slovenia on September 5, then a World Cup qualifier against Croatia four days later, when victory would book the Three Lions’ place in South Africa next summer.
There is some better news on the injury front for United as Ferdinand’s central defensive partner Nemanja Vidic is set to make his first start of the season at the DW stadium tomorrow.
“Nemanja has trained with us for 10 days and he is ready for the game,” said Ferguson.
“Hopefully he will be okay by tomorrow.”