Friday, May 15, 2009

Ferdinand will make final...

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has played down concerns that Rio Ferdinand might be forced out of the Champions League final against Barcelona.

Ferdinand missed both the Manchester derby and Wednesday's win at Wigan after injuring a calf muscle in the semi-final triumph over Arsenal.

"He won't play tomorrow (against Arsenal on Saturday) but he should be fit for next Sunday's game at Hull and I am sure he will be available for the final," he said.

"It is one of those calf niggles that usually take 10 days to two weeks (to recover from).

"Other than his work in the gymnasium he is not training at the moment."

Other than Ferdinand, plus long-term casualties Owen Hargreaves and Wes Brown, Ferguson has a fully-fit squad at his disposal as United look to secure at least a point against Arsenal that will ensure they win another Premier League title.

It means changes are certain from Wednesday night, with Darren Fletcher, Ryan Giggs and Carlos Tevez among those set to get a place in the starting line-up, with Ben Foster standing by if Ferguson decides that Edwin van der Sar needs a break.

"I will freshen up the team from Wednesday because it was a really gruelling game on a very heavy pitch," said Ferguson.

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