Consider going into a battle without the army chief! Manchester United faces precisely the same situation after it was revealed that the club will be without its captain Gary Neville in the FA Cup final. Neville has been left out of action by an ankle injury and he has not played a single match since March 17 and the club confirmed in a statement that the 32-year-old player would sit out of the important match. The club issued a statement and said: Gary Neville has undergone an exploratory operation on his right ankle and he will miss the FA Cup final. In his absence, Ryan Giggs will lead the side in the crunch tie at the new Wembley. Manchester United is thinking about fielding either Wes Brown or John O’Shea to fill the void. Nevill’s injury also creates problem for England coach Steve McClaren, who will miss the defender in the June 1 friendly against Brazil and the Euro 2008 qualifier in Estonia on June 6.