Injured Ferdinand in a race against time to be fit for the Champions League final
15 May 2009 11:11
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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is out of this weekend's Barclays Premier League title clincher against Arsenal - but is hopeful he will make the Champions League Final on May 27.
Ferdinand will not face the Gunners at Old Trafford tomorrow lunchtime - when United need just a point to seal their 18th league title - after failing to recover from a calf injury that has seen him miss his team's last two games, against Manchester City and Wigan.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson today said: 'Rio is not available for tomorrow but we hope he should be fit for the Champions League Final. There is also a chance he could play against Hull next weekend.
'He is not doing any football training at the moment but is working in the gym to keep his general fitness up.'
United hope they can beat Arsenal - or at least draw - tomorrow in order to clinch the title in front of their own supporters for the first time in a decade.
Ferguson added: 'It helps in a way that we are playing Arsenal, that's a big help. It means we have to play at a good level. They are a very good team and will attack us.
'Everybody expects us to win the title so we need to make sure that we do. It's been a good season. I thought at the start that it would take 85 or more points to win it and it is ending up that way.'