Van Der Sar to return within a fortnight

February 8, 2007

Manchester United keeper Edwin van der Sar expects to be back in action within a fortnight.

Van der Sar broke his nose in a hefty collision with Tottenham's Robbie Keane during United's 4-0 win at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

The giant Dutchman, who has just signed a one-year extension to his Red Devils contract after impressing in the 18 months he has spent at Old Trafford since moving north from Fulham, was briefly knocked unconscious and spent the night in hospital on doctor's advice.

He has still to touch his nose since the incident and has admitted his head feels heavy.

However, on his personal website, he has also confirmed the overall damage is not too serious and he expects to be back doing physical training by the end of the week, with a return to first-team duty planned within two weeks.

It means Polish international Tomasz Kuszczak will take over for Saturday's Premiership encounter with Charlton and almost certainly keep his place for the FA Cup fifth round tie against Reading on February 17.

Van der Sar should be back in time for the Champions League trip to Lille three days later.