Rio Ferdinand will be happy to put 2009 behind him.
The England andManchester United centre-half played just 31 games out of a possible 74for club and country last year.
Both Sir Alex Ferguson and Fabio Capello will be heartened by thefact that he trained last week without pain and should be back in lateJanuary, but his appearance rate this season has been just 32 per cent,having played in 11 of 35 games.
Given that he has made high-profile errors in four of those,Ferdinand has work to do to convince sceptics he can be the peerlessdefender of old.
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