Wes Brown has broken the fifth metatarsal in his left foot and will miss the rest of the season, reports suggest today. The injury, which forced the defenders’ half-time substitution at Wolverhampton Wanderers, will keep the 30-year-old out of the World Cup in South Africa. Brown has suffered another injury-hit season, appearing 25 times.
Sir Alex Ferguson, who has only just welcomed back Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic from long-term injuries, has suffered the loss of all first team defenders this season, except for Patrice Evra.
Brown’s injury means that Rafael da Silva will start United’s Champions League tie with AC Milan at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, John O’Shea, absent with a blood clot in his thigh since November, could make a surprise return to action by May. The Irishman, who suffered the injury in Ireland’s World Cup play-off with France, was expected to sit out the rest of season. The defender has taken medication to ease the injury but could make the United side for the final few games of the season.