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RYAN GIGGS will miss the first two weeks of Manchester United's season and a growing injury crisis at Old Trafford could force Sir Alex Ferguson into the transfer market.

Giggs had hoped to be fit for the game against Sheffield Wednesday in midweek but his boss yesterday ruled him out for a fortnight. And Ferguson is keen to bolster his squad before the cut-off point for Champions' League registration. "It would be nice to bring someone in before the deadline," he admitted. "The problem is salaries and the fact the transfer market is pretty high."

Giggs - with a familiar hamstring niggle - and Jesper Blomqvist are out of today's opener at Everton but Fergie hopes Jaap Stam has recovered from a minor knock. He said: "Stam should be okay. Giggs has done a bit of jogging and a bit of possession work but he has missed a bit of training now. He'll be all right in two weeks."
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Aug 8, 1999
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