Rio's back and determined to prove his injury problems are behind him

05 March 2010 12:07
Rio Ferdinand has declared he is injury free and ready to prove he is the right man to lead England to World Cup glory this summer.

The Manchester United defender rekindles his partnership with Nemanja Vidic for the first time since October when the pair line-up together in United's visit to Wolves this weekend.

Ferdinand, 31, was handed the England captaincy by Fabio Capello in February after John Terry was stripped of the armband back his troublesome back injury, which has restricted him to just appearances this season, have cast a shadow over his future.

Back in action: Rio Ferdinand is fit to face Wolves with his injury problems 'over'

Having missed last Sunday's Carling Cup victory over Aston Villa and England's 3-1 friendly win over Egypt, Ferdinand has been cleared to return at Molineux after spending a week recuperating at the club's Carrington training HQ.

And now he's ready to prove he's finally over his setbacks.

'This latest problem has only been a minor setback. It's just beenprecautionary, me not playing, to make sure it doesn't get any worse,' said Ferdinand.

Together again: Ferdinand will partner Vidic for the first time since October

'But I'm fine now, no pain, so I'm cool.

  'It was decided it was best for me to stay in Manchester and train, rather than with England.'

Ferdinand returns to Premier League action after serving a four-match suspension for violent conduct on Hull's Craig Fagan and will line-up alongside Vidic for only the eighth time this term, hoping to help the champions back to the top of the table.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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