Date: 24th March 2011 at 2:15am
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Rio Ferdinand shouts

"When I see John Terry, I'll show him who's captain!"

There seems to be a small glimmer of hope regarding United and England’s former captain and his return from injury.

The Guardian reports:

could give Sir Alex a considerable boost in his quest to guide to the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup treble by making an early return from a calf injury after flying to to see the leading specialist, Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, for treatment this week.”

Ferdinand hasn’t played for United since the game against Aston Villa at Trafford on 1st February after injuring himself in the warm up prior to the Wolves game.

The Guardian conludes:

“It is now thought that the player[Ferdinand] hopes to be back running soon. He is under medical supervision at United and the club’s next game after the international break, the visit to West Ham United on Saturday week, may come too soon.

“But, if Ferdinand does respond positively to treatment, then there would be real hope he could be fit to face Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final, in the second leg on 12 April, before the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester at Wembley four days later.”

With Jonny Evans, Wes Brown, Rafael Da Silva, John O’Shea and Nemanja all having injury problems of varying seriousness, the return of Ferdinand to the heart of the defence could prove vital.

Although only last week Sir Alex claimed Ferdinand could be out for the season, the latest news will be a massive boost to a United defence already stretched to near breaking point.

Carrick found himself playing centre back for the second half against Bolton on Saturday and if anything should happen to either Smalling or Vidic, United face a real dilemma as to who to place in the heart of defence.

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