Ferdinand wins battle to be fit for United's crunch clash with Inter Milan
10 March 2009 01:56
Rio Ferdinand has given Manchester United a welcome Champions League boost ahead of Wednesday night's clash with Inter Milan at Old Trafford.
Ferdinand appeared to be a major doubt for the last-16 game, which is goalless after the first leg in the San Siro a fortnight ago, after he limped out of Saturday's win at Fulham with an ankle injury.
But the injury has responded well to treatment and Ferdinand took part in training on Tuesday morning.
John O'Shea also in line for a starting berth after shrugging off a heel problem.
Boss Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Ferdinand and O'Shea will both play against Inter.
'They are both fit and they will both play," said the United manager.
'They both trained for the first time this morning and that was important for us.'
Although long-term casualties Gary Neville and Wes Brown remain absent, along with Rafael da Silva, the remainder of Sir Alex Ferguson's squad are available for selection.
The holders are favourites to go through, although Ferguson must end a disappointing sequence of results against Mourinho, having won just once in 13 encounters with the former Chelsea and Porto manager.