30 Dec 2009

Manchester United give goalkeeper compassionate

11:32 am on 30 December 2009

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has been told to take off as much time as he needs by Manchester United football manager Alex Ferguson after his wife was taken seriously ill over the Christmas holidays.

Annemarie van Kesteren, 36, collapsed at their home in the Netherlands two days before Christmas and has suffered a brain haemorrhage and a suspected stroke.

Ferguson, preparing for the mid week Premier League match against Wigan Athletic, says he has given the goalkeeper time off to look after his wife and their two children.