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Neville - injuries not career-threatening

Man United captain Gary Neville is adamant injury problems he has suffered will not end football career.

Manchester United captain Gary Neville is adamant the injury problems he has suffered for nearly a year will not end his football career.

The 32-year-old England full-back has not played a competitive first-team games for United since damaging ankle ligaments against Bolton Wanderers in March last year.

Ever since a series of lesser problems have kept Neville on the sidelines.

"The fact I've been out for so long brings about speculation regarding whether or not I'll make it back. I understand that," he told United Review.

"Ironically my ankle has been okay for the last couple of months, I've just picked up little knocks here and there that have lasted a couple of weeks or so; they can really set you back when you've been out for so long."

"I'm training again and I am focused on getting fit. I'm not going to put a timescale on it or name a game when I'll be back. Once I get fit, and I'm doing the best I can to get to that point, I've no doubts I'll be okay."

Premier League champions United, following their 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester City on Sunday, are currently two points behind leaders Arsenal, who play Blackburn Rovers later Monday.

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