The perpetually crocked Wes Brown has been injured again – this time on international duty with England. The defender, who has spent almost as much time in the treatment room as the pitch during his decade-long United career, picked up a minor knock in manager Fabio Capello’s first training session with the squad on Tuesday. But the injury is serious enough that Brown will not play against Slovenia on Saturday unless he makes it through a training session beforehand.
Brown played for United at centre-half in the weekend’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal and is crucial to Sir Alex Ferguson’s short-term plans with Johnny Evans and Rio Ferdinand both out. While Ferdinand hopes to return for the September 12 match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, Evans is likely to be sent for an operation on his left ankle, keeping him out until the end of October.