Berbatov injury not serious

Man Utd striker will not miss many games despite recent setback

Dimitar Berbatov: Hobbled off with an ankle injury in Wednesday's defeat to Crystal Palace

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Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is not suffering from a serious injury.

The Bulgarian hobbled off in the Carling Cup defeat to Crystal Palace on Wednesday and there were fears that he was set for a long spell on the sidelines.

He was reportedly wearing a protective boot after the game after landing awkwardly on his ankle.

The 30-year-old has made 12 appearances this season, scoring just two goals, but Ferguson says it will not be long before he returns.

He told the club's official website: "Berbatov's injury isn't serious. He got injured the week before.

"We've been getting a few injuries but it happens. At the moment, we're going through a spell where we're getting a few a week but we have to get on with it."

Berbatov will miss Saturday's trip to Aston Villa along with Brazilian twins Fabio and Rafael, who were also substituted against Crystal Palace.