Becks to be fit for Nantes
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
MANCHESTER UNITED boss Sir Alex Ferguson is confident that David Beckham will be fit for the resumption of the Champions League next week.
Beckham picked up an ankle injury in England's midweek draw with Holland, sparking fears he would miss The Red Devils' trip to Nantes on Wednesday.
But Ferguson insists it is only a minor knock and his more pressing concern is midfielder Paul Scholes, who sat out training on Friday with a thigh problem
"David got a kick Fortunately it's not serious and he should be ready for Wednesday," Ferguson told BBC GMR.
"I don't think he's the biggest worry to be honest with you and I think Paul Scholes has got a more worrying injury, but we think he should be okay too.
"I saw the England-Holland game on television so I was able to see the challenge on David and I thought I saw Scholesy struggle a little bit with his thigh.
"Veron got a knock also, but he has been able to train this morning - which is good news.
"The two who did not train, Paul Scholes and David Beckham, should be fit for Wednesday."
Aside from his midfield concerns, Ferguson also has a goalkeeping dilemma with both first choice Fabien Barthez, and understudy Roy Carroll, carrying injuries.
Carroll is tipped to return to training on Monday after missing Northern Ireland's friendly with a hip injury and should be fine for the Nantes clash, while Barthez's back problem may clear up in time for the Frenchman to be available for selection.
Meanwhile, Ferguson revealed there are a couple of minor details that have prevented him from putting pen to paper on his new three-year contract to stay on as United manager.
Ferguson had been expected to sign the deal earlier this week but he is adamant that the situation will be wrapped up next week.
"There are a couple of points still to be addressed in the contract.
"Nothing serious at all, they're not major but they still have to be addressed. Hopefully that will be done next week."