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Hernandez news a boost for United

JAVIER Hernandez has escaped a lengthy layoff as a result of an Ashley Cole tackle described as "shocking" by Alex Ferguson.

The striker is understood to have only suffered bruising rather than the ligament damage which was initially feared.

Chicharito is expected to be out for two weeks and misses tonight’s Carling Cup tie with Leeds, as well as league matches against Stoke and Norwich and the Champions League visit of Basle in all likelihood.

Meanwhile, the English Football Association also confirmed that Cole would not face further action for the shin-high tackle on Hernandez.

Cole was booked for clattering into Hernandez as the striker shot wide in Manchester United's 3-1 Barclays Premier League win over Chelsea yesterday on Sunday.


United boss Ferguson claimed Cole should have been sent off, with the tackle the type of offence for which a red card is often shown.

Under FIFA rules, Cole cannot be punished retrospectively because the officials took action to deal with the incident at the time.

Referee Phil Dowd elected to consult with his assistant before deeming a yellow card to be sufficient sanction.

It was uncertain how clear a view Dowd himself had of the offence, with the English FA yet to receive his report from the game.

Hernandez missed United’s opening day win over West Brom after suffering from concussion in a pre-season game, but the Mexican regained his place and recently netted twice in the 5-0 win over Bolton.