Date: 1st November 2012 at 2:17pm
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Rio- should be back to face Norwich

Rio - A class act on and off of the pitch

In form strikers, a leaky back line and injuries are all on the agenda at Trafford this week as recover from two trips in four days to Stamford Bridge.

The good the bad and the ugly when it comes to injury news for Manchester as we have seen Ashley Young return from the treatment table and put in a solid performance away at Chelsea , however, maestro has been ruled out for up to four weeks with a twisted knee.

English defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are still not ready to make a return, with the latter possibly missing out for another month yet.

On the pitch things are looking peachy in attack at both Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez are finally finding their goal scoring touch. Young Danny bagged a diving header against Stoke at Trafford two weeks ago, rounding off a thoroughly impressive display. Whereas Hernandez put in a man of the match performance against in the Champions League netting twice in a 3-2 win, before scoring two goals in successive games against Chelsea in both Premier League and Capital One cup fixtures.

Will either striker start at Trafford this coming weekend against Arsenal? Unlikely.

Finally, to round off this short but sweet news piece – I would like to take a moment to acknowledge Manchester defender, Rio Ferdinand.

Any issue relating to racism is tough to deal with, especially when it involves a family member locking horns with people you may once have regarded as friends.

To add fuel to the fire, PFA Chairman Clarke Carlisle has made a few comments this week involving Rio, which have caused a stir throughout the media and make things very awkward for the Ferdinand family.

This shouldn’t ever become an ‘us against them’ affair and we should all respect the decision of any man, black or white, to wear whatever  t-shirt he chooses in support of any campaign chooses.

Rio, you are a Rolls-Royce of a defender and a true gentleman. You have come out of this situation with your dignity in tact and head held high. Class is permanent.

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