posted on Aug, 29 2003 @ 04:40 PM
Sir Alex Ferguson launched another thinly-veiled attack on the England camp after he confirmed Paul Scholes will require a hernia operation.
After his match-winning display at Newcastle last weekend, Scholes was restricted to a substitutes' role in the scrappy 1-0 win over basement dwellers
The midfielder eventually made his arrival midway through the second half as Ferguson's side attempted to close out their third successive win.
However, while pleased to see his side maintain their 100% record, Ferguson revealed Scholes must go under the surgeon's knife to solve a problem
which worsened during his time with England for last week's friendly win over Croatia.
"Paul has been carrying a hernia problem for quite a bit," revealed the United boss.
"We told the England people about it but when he came back he was in a real state.
"It is really painful and at the moment it is not possible for him to play two games in a week.
"He will need an operation at some point but we will have to pick our moment."
The smart money would be on that moment coming during an international break, one of which follows Sunday's trip to Southampton, as Ferguson attempts
to solve a series of injury problems, which ruled Rio Ferdinand, Mikael Silvestre, Nicky Butt and Quinton Fortune out of tonight's contest and also
saw Ryan Giggs start alongside Scholes on the bench.