Rio Ferdinand to make Manchester United comeback for reserves against Oldham

01 September 2010 01:35
The game at Stalybridge will take on far more significance than a usual Manchester Senior Cup tie as it will represent Ferdinand's first game since he was injured in a freak collision with Emile Heskey on the first day of training at the World Cup in South Africa.

Sir Alex Ferguson had stated that the 31 year-old would not be fit to return until the end of September.

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The Oldham match represents a suitable opportunity and if Ferdinand does come through unscathed he is expected to come into contention for a first-team comeback at Everton on Sept 11, which represents the start of a hectic week that also includes home games against Rangers and Liverpool.

Ferdinand will be joined in the Manchester United line-up by Wes Brown, midfielder Anderson, who is also on his way back from long-term injury, and Federico Macheda.

Source: Telegraph