Ferdinand in fitness battle for Champions League final
Friday 15 May 2009
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is hopeful defender Rio Ferdinand will recover from calf problems to play in the Champions League final.
The England center back has been out since the semi-final victory over Arsenal last week, and will miss Saturday's Premier League match against the Gunners. United need a draw in that match to win a third straight title
"I'm sure he will be able for the final, but this is one of these calf niggles that usually take 10 days or two weeks," Ferguson said today.
"We are giving him the treatment you have to give for these kind of injuries. He's coming along, but he won't be ready for tomorrow. Hopefully he will be available for next Sunday (against Hull).
"He doesn't train. He's receiving treatment at the moment. He's doing work in the gymnasium, cardiovascular work, cycling and that. Nothing more than that."
The Champions League holders play Barcelona in the 27 May final in Rome.
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