Rio fully fit for new season
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says he has no injury worries as he gears up for the new season. The 30-year-old suffered with a succession of back injuries last season and then missed much of the build-up to the UEFA Champions League final with a calf strain. However, ahead of the Community Shield match against Chelsea on Sunday, Ferdinand has said he is fully fit and hopes to play a full part in the upcoming campaign. "I am fine," he said. "There are no problems. "I have not missed any training sessions this pre-season, not missed any games and played a lot of minutes. "I am delighted and feeling good. Long may that continue this season. "The club have been really good. I've had rest and maintenance, a good pre-season tour and training. That's the most important thing." There are still many who believe United will struggle to match their achievements in recent seasons after Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Real Madrid. But, having seen the likes of David Beckham and Ruud van Nistelrooy leave Old Trafford during his seven years at the club, Ferdinand believes there is little cause for concern. "We have been here before," he said. "A lot of us have been around a few years and seen so many come through the doors and go. "This club moves on from any individual coming and going and that's the same in this instance. "The team is more important than one single player. That has always been the case and will always remain."
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