Apr 2, 2011

Ferdinand boost for United

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Rio Ferdinand has provided Manchester United with a boost by returning to training and he could be involved against Fulham later this month.

The defender has not played since suffering a calf injury in the warm-up prior to United's first Premier League defeat of the season at Wolves in early February.

The former England captain had been making slow progress in his recovery and there were fears he could miss the rest of the season.

However, Ferdinand was back in training on Wednesday and he is close to being ready to play his part in United's Treble bid.

He will miss Saturday's game at former club West Ham United and the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Chelsea next Wednesday, but could feature at home to Fulham on Saturday 9th April.

"Rio has started training," said Ferguson.

"He has only been training two days and then just a light session today.

"I have to decide whether we bring him in tomorrow, or give him a day off and start him on Wednesday again.

"He is more likely to be fit for Fulham."

Ferdinand's impending return will provide Sir Alex Ferguson with a timely lift due to the defensive problems currently crippling the United squad.

Wes Brown has joined the list of absentees and he will sit out the trip to Upton Park, along with Rafael and John O'Shea, while Jonny Evans is suspended.

Rafael's twin brother Fabio is in contention to start at right-back and captain Nemanja Vidic is fit after a calf injury, having played for Serbia in midweek. source


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