Ashley Young nearing Manchester United return

Young nearing United return
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Sir Alex Ferguson insists that he is sure that Ashley Young will be fit and ready for Manchester United's Champions League games against Real Madrid.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Ashley Young is edging closer to a first-team return and will be ready to face Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16 next month.

Young picked up a knee problem in United's 2-1 win over Liverpool two weeks ago, and Ferguson has moved swiftly to deny claims that the England international's injury is worse than initially anticipated.

"Ashley is not far away," said Ferguson. "He has done a bit of training in Qatar and he is on the road back."

Asked whether the winger would be fit for the Real Madrid games in February and March, Ferguson replied: "I am sure of that."

The 27-year-old has been restricted to 15 league appearances this season after missing two months earlier in the campaign with a different knee injury.

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