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Man Utd given boost by Ferdinand

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand
Ferdinand limped off after 69 minutes at The Riverside

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand could face Roma in Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final, despite fears he had injured his foot on Sunday.

The defender limped out of their 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough but a scan on Monday revealed nothing was broken.

Sir Alex Ferguson said Ferdinand would have a fitness test on Wednesday and if he was not fit, Gary Neville or Mikael Silvestre could deputise.

Neville has been out for 13 months and Silvestre last played in September.


"I am hoping Rio will play," said Ferguson.

"His scan was clear, that was the important thing. Therefore we are hoping we can get him fit to face Roma.

"We will report at 1100 on Wednesday, so he will have to do something at that time."

However, fellow central defender Nemanja Vidic is definitely out as he faces two or three weeks on the sidelines after falling awkwardly in the 2-0 first-leg win in Rome.

Sunday's draw with Middlesbrough leaves United only three points ahead of Chelsea, who they play at Stamford Bridge on 26 April, and six points ahead of Arsenal, who they face on Sunday.

see also
Man Utd v Roma (agg 2-0)
07 Apr 08 |  Europe
Alan Hansen's column
07 Apr 08 |  Football
Middlesbrough 2-2 Man Utd
06 Apr 08 |  Premier League
Neville returns to Man Utd squad
04 Apr 08 |  Man Utd
Vidic out for two to three weeks
03 Apr 08 |  Man Utd
Roma 0-2 Man Utd
01 Apr 08 |  Europe

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