Rio out for two weeks
SIR Alex Ferguson estimates Rio Ferdinand will be out of action for two weeks after missing United's victory over Birmingham this afternoon. Ferdinand was forced to pull out with a thigh injury, with Ferguson claiming before the game that his £29.1m defender will be going for a scan in the morning. However, the United boss has now put a timescale on the problem, which would make the 30-year-old a doubt for England's World Cup qualifier against Croatia on September 9. "I would imagine Rio will be out for two weeks," said Ferguson. With Nemanja Vidic already sidelined and Jonny Evans limping out of this afternoon's 1-0 win over Birmingham, Ferguson is short of defensive cover ahead of Wednesday's trip to another newly-promoted side, Burnley.
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