Silvestre set for quick return

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Mikael Silvestre could be set for a quicker return than anticipated, after responding positively to treatment on the ankle injury he sustained in Manchester United's draw against Leeds.

Reliable sources in France state that the original suggestion that Silvestre would be missing for three weeks is now looking pessimistic.

In fact, the France international could return in as little as ten days, after an MRI scan revealed no damage to his ligaments or bone in the joint.

Silvestre will certainly be missing for Manchester United's UEFA Champions League clash against FC Porto on Wednesday, prompting something of a problem for manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Wes Brown is back in contention after a lengthy spell out, but has not reached the level of performance he is capable of.

It has been suggested that Roy Keane could be dropped into the back four as cover, but that would obviously impact on the Manchester United midfield.