There seems to be a small glimmer of hope regarding United and England’s former captain Rio Ferdinand and his return from injury.
The Guardian reports:
“Rio Ferdinand could give Sir Alex Ferguson a considerable boost in his quest to guide Manchester United to the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup treble by making an early return from a calf injury after flying to Germany 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 Old 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 City at Wembley four days later.”
With Jonny Evans, Wes Brown, Rafael Da Silva, John O’Shea and Nemanja Vidic 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 Ferguson 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.
Michael 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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