Berbatov out of Schalke trip

April 25, 2011
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Dimitar Berbatov has been ruled out of Manchester United's Champions League semi-final against Schalke on Tuesday.

The Bulgarian missed out on Saturday's Barclays Premier League win over Everton with a slight groin strain.

And whilst manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed after the 1-0 triumph that he had no fitness concerns ahead of the first-leg encounter at the Veltins-Arena, Berbatov did not check in with the rest of his team-mates at Manchester Airport on Monday morning.

Full Time Result betting for the semi-final first leg has Manchester United at 5/4 to get the away win, with Schalke at 12/5 to prevail while the draw is on offer at 11/5.

Although former Tottenham player Berbatov had been unlikely to start the match anyway, his absence is a blow as it denies Ferguson a useful attacking weapon on the bench should the match not go as planned.

He does have the in-form Javier Hernandez, who bagged his 19th goal of the season at the weekend, and Wayne Rooney, who will not look back on his last trip to Gelsenkirchen with much fondness as he was sent off during England's World Cup quarter-final defeat to Portugal in 2006.

Although one of their most famous nights came against German opposition in 1999, United have not beaten a Bundesliga side in a two-legged encounter since the European Cup was revamped into the Champions League in 1992.

Bayern Munich put paid to their hopes at the quarter-final stage last year and 1997 and 2002 brought semi-final despair at the hands of Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen respectively.

United can be backed at 1/3 to book a blockbuster Wembley confrontation with either Real Madrid (6/4 to progress) or Barcelona (8/15) on 28th May.

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