Date: 11th January 2010 at 2:22pm
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Edwin van der Sar joined up with his United teammates in Qatar for the four-day winter training camp. The veteran keeper returned from compassionate leave after medical checks revealed that his wife Annemarie suffered no permanent damage from a brain haemorrhage.

Van der Sar hasn’t played since the end of November as he’s been troubled by a knee injury (another knee injury, this is spooky, Saha, Hargreaves, Park, Berbatov: all are United players who had persistent knee problems in the last two years) so it is not clear when he can make his return but the sooner the better: I’m sure the defence will be more confident with him marshalling the players.