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Scholes a doubt for Madrid second leg

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Paul Scholes is a doubt for Manchester United's Champions League second-leg against Real Madrid after being ruled out for a further fortnight with a knee injury.

The 38-year-old midfielder is set to miss Monday's FA Cup meeting with Reading plus the Premier League game against QPR, while he could sit out the home match against Norwich.

Scholes has not played in the Premier League in 2013 and has not started a game since the 2-2 draw against West Ham in the FA Cup on January 5. So he is likely to have gone two months without a start when Real visit Old Trafford on March 5.

"It is a knee injury, which has been bothering him a bit,'' Sir Alex Ferguson. "We have tried another treatment during the week. He will probably be back in another couple of weeks.''

The former England international did not make the trip to Madrid for the 1-1 draw but Ferguson reported a clean bill of health from those who did go.

"We've come through Wednesday night's game without any injuries," he said. "That's the best thing, apart from the result, of course."

Ferguson scouted Reading on Saturday when Brian McDermott's team lost 2-1 to Stoke and was impressed by their battling qualities.

"I went to see Reading last week and they're a team who are showing plenty of fighting qualities at the moment, as you'd expect given they're down the bottom of the league," he said.

"We'll take nothing for granted. In the FA Cup you always expect the unexpected. It happens so many times. You just hope you're not a casualty or a shock. We've had a few over the years."

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