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Ferdinand fit to face Inter

10 Mar 2009 - 13:34:15

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Rio Ferdinand is fit enough to start Manchester United's Champions League last 16 second leg tie against Internazionale on Wednesday.

The England defender limped out of Saturday's FA Cup sixth round victory over Fulham with an ankle problem.

Ferdinand's ankle was immediately placed in a protective cast and his participation in the tie - which is currently level at 0-0 following the first leg - was believed to be in severe doubt.

But United have confirmed that the central defender resumed training on Tuesday morning and will start against the Italian champions alongside Nemanja Vidic.

Fellow defender John O'Shea is also fit to face Inter despite struggling with an ongoing heel problem at Craven Cottage.

"Ferdinand and O'Shea trained today for the first time (since Saturday's match at Fulham)," confirmed Ferguson. "Both are fit and both will play."

The only players unavailable to the reigning European champions are injured defenders Gary Neville and Wes Brown.

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