Neville: I'll be back

Manchester United captain Gary Neville is adamant the injury problems he has suffered for nearly a year will not end his football career. The 32-year-old England full-back has not played a competitive first-team game for United since damaging ankle ligaments against Bolton Wanderers in March last year.

Ever since a series of lesser problems have kept Neville on the sidelines. "The fact I've been out for so long brings about speculation regarding whether or not I'll make it back. I understand that," he told United Review.

"Ironically my ankle has been okay for the last couple of months, I've just picked up little knocks here and there that have lasted a couple of weeks or so; they can really set you back when you've been out for so long.

"I'm training again and I am focused on getting fit. I'm not going to put a timescale on it or name a game when I'll be back. Once I get fit, and I'm doing the best I can to get to that point, I've no doubts I'll be okay."

Premier League champions United, following their 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester City on Sunday, are currently two points behind leaders Arsenal, who play their game in hand against Blackburn Rovers later on Monday.