Bulgaria have confirmed Dimitar Berbatov is expected to be out for two weeks after conspiracy theories emerged that he might face Ireland.
Berbatov damaged an ankle in Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat to Fulham, instantly ruling him out of the vital World Cup qualifier against Republic of Ireland.
However, as the game gets closer, theories have begun to seep out that Berbatov may have just been subbed due to a below-par display at Craven Cottage, with United team-mate John O’Shea even telling Kevin Doyle that the striker might play.
"I was talking to John O'Shea, about whether Bulgaria are missing Berbatov or not and he said, 'You never know, he might make a late appearance'," Doyle told the Guardian.
“He was just saying that it wasn't definite Berbatov was out, that you never know, he might still be involved.
“He's not a million miles away in Manchester either if he was to be fit. Hopefully, they are missing him. He's their best player so every little helps."
However, Bulgaria have confirmed they expect the former Tottenham striker to be out for two weeks, making Berbatov a huge doubt for United’s Premier League game with Aston Villa…and their Champions League quarter final tie with Porto.
"Berbatov's leg has been immobilised, it will take him 10 to 14 days to recover," Stanimir Stoilov stated.
"After that, he will start light training sessions. He can fly to Dublin to watch the match if the United management lets him go. Our national team doctor has received all of Berbatov's medical tests and x-rays. Hardly anybody questions his injury."