6 Aug 2009

Van der Sar out for 8 weeks

8:43 am on 6 August 2009

English football champions Manchester United will start the new season without Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, who faces an eight-week layoff with a broken finger.

Van der Sar has undergone surgery on his left hand after injuring it saving a penalty from Danijel Pranjic in United's shoot-out defeat to Bayern Munich in a pre-season friendly.

Van der Sar was instrumental in United's 18th league title last season, setting a new English record of 14 consecutive league clean sheets.

The 38-year-old's injury means Ben Foster, who signed a new contract in July, could get the chance to impress, starting with this weekend's curtain-raiser against Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley. Tomasz Kuszczak is also in reserve.