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Fletcher sidelined for Rovers clash

Darren Fletcher has been ruled out of Manchester United's Premier League encounter with Blackburn at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Scotland skipper has sustained an ankle injury which ruled him out of Wednesday's win at Rangers and has not recovered in time to be considered for this weekend's game, when United will look to take top spot, even if they only stay there for 24 hours.

Paul Scholes is a doubt after sustaining a groin strain at Ibrox, although Sir Alex Ferguson will be heartened by the return of central defensive duo Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, who were both rested in midweek.

Meanwhile, it is believed that Anders Lindegaard has agreed personal terms and only requires to complete a medical before he makes his move to the Red Devils from Norwegian outfit Aalesund.

The Denmark international flew into Manchester on Thursday and it now seems certain the 26-year-old will join United in January, no doubt hoping to capitalise when veteran Edwin van der Sar finally decides to call it a day.

"We should have Darren available for the Arsenal and Chelsea games," Ferguson told Key 103. "We hope Paul is all right to play but he is a doubt with a groin injury.

"Obviously Owen Hargreaves, Antonio Valencia and Michael Owen are all still out, but the rest are fine."

It should be Wayne Rooney's first start on home soil for nearly two months, having kept his nerve to score the late, match-winning penalty at Rangers. The 25-year-old has now converted two spot-kicks this season but has still not scored in open play since last March.

"Playing is the name of the game for him now," said Ferguson. "He was very rusty on Wednesday but when he took his penalty kick, he came to life.

"He played really well in that last few minutes, I think he enjoyed it. It was a fantastic penalty, and hopefully that is a step forward for him."

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