Date: 14th July 2006 at 12:25pm
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He has had problems for months with an injured hip, but apparently he will bite the bullit and line-up as United’s only recognised striker.

Kieron Dyer is still struggling with his hamstring and back problems, while Craig Moore will not return to training until Monday after his World Cup exploits and Jean-Alain Boumsong has been given a fortnight off.

Provisional squad: Given, Harper, Carr, Bramble, Taylor, Ramage, Elliott, Babayaro, Parker, Butt, Faye, Emre, Solano, N’Zogbia, Milner, O’Brien, Pattison, Ameobi, Luque.