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Ferguson ponders Ferdinand dilemma
Published : 01 Apr 2011 15:30:04
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has not entirely ruled Rio Ferdinand out of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Chelsea, but the deposed England captain is more likely to return from injury next weekend.Ferdinand has not made an appearance since suffering a calf problem in the warm-up prior to the Barclays Premier League defeat at Wolves at the beginning of February.So slow had been the 32-year-old's progress that Ferguson had raised doubts over his ability to get back on the pitch before the end of the season. However, Ferdinand has resumed training this week and, so far, come through without a reaction.It leaves Ferguson with a dilemma about whether to push Ferdinand through another session tomorrow - when his team-mates are tackling West Ham at Upton Park - in the knowledge that if he comes through without a hitch, he could be rushed back to face Carlo Ancelotti's men, or hold him back until next week, meaning it will be the Premier League encounter with Fulham that will mark his return."Rio has started training," said Ferguson. "He has only been training two days and then just a light session today (Friday)."I have to decide whether we bring him in tomorrow (Saturday), or give him a day off and start him on Wednesday again. He is more likely to be fit for Fulham."