Manchester United will be without midfielder Park Ji-Sung after he was ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury.
Park, who has just returned to Old Trafford after a month at the Asia cup with South Korea, has followed in the long line of United players and announced his retirement from international football to increase his club career.
The 29-year-old had played a key role in United’s season so far, and was looking to return to the first team in his sides FA Cup match against Crawley Town on Saturday.
Speaking to the clubs website, Ferguson revealed that his Korean star would miss several important games with the injury.
“We got a blow on Saturday morning with the news that Ji-sung Park did his hamstring on Friday afternoon in training,”
“It was very unfortunate because it was his last kick of the ball in training as well. We were really looking forward to having him back after being away for a month at the Asian Cup.
“He’ll be out for up to a month, which is a blow to us.”
Ferguson did have some good news for the Manchester United fans, in that Antonio Valencia has resumed training after breaking his leg against Rangers earlier in the season, and could be back in the next month,
Ferguson added: “The good news is that Valencia started training with the reserves on Saturday, so he’s on his way back and that will be a real boost to have him available for the run-in.”