MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) -- Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov will miss the Champions League semi-final first leg against Schalke 04 with a groin injury, the Premier League leaders said on Monday.

The Bulgarian has not travelled to Germany for Tuesday's match after sitting out Saturday's 1-0 victory over Everton, United said on their website (

Despite being the Premier League's top scorer with 21 goals, Berbatov has become a peripheral player with Mexican goal poacher Javier Hernandez often preferred as a partner for the deeper-lying Wayne Rooney.

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