Rio Ferdinand could play in Manchester United’s away fixture at Tottenham Hotspur this Saturday after recovering from injury. Ferdinand, who has missed four Premier League matches, the Community Shield and two England internationals, has been out with a thigh strain. But the United defender joined first team training at Carrington this week and is available to play, if chosen by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ferdinand’s return is a huge boost to the manager, who has seen a raft of defenders injured over the last few months.
“Rio has been in training this week and has a got a chance for Saturday, I’m not sure how big a chance but he has got a chance,” said Ferguson in his weekly press conference.
“I don’t know if there are any injuries with the players coming back from games but I think the England players are all right. We’re better off than we have been for months, in terms of defensive options.”
However John O’Shea is unlikely to figure after suffering a blood clot in his calf after the Republic of Ireland’s clash with Cyprus last weekend.
Meanwhile, Johnny Evans is suffering with an ankle problem which may yet need an operation. Brazilian full back Rafael da Silva is yet to return following surgery on a dislocated shoulder.