Man U’s Ferdinand says he will be ready for Champions League final

May 21st, 2009 - 5:55 pm ICT by ANI  

Alex Ferguson London, May 21 (ANI): Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has revealed there is “no chance” of him not being fit enough to start the Champions League final despite Sir Alex Ferguson’s assertion that the defender’s involvement is in serious doubt because of a calf injury.

“I’m fine. I have trained with the ball today and done some running, so I’m doing all the movements I need to be doing before a game. I haven’t even thought about not playing in the final. It’s as simple as that - no chance,” he added.

The player’s optimistic assessment was in stark contrast to Ferguson’s own take on the subject only a few hours earlier when Manchester United’s manager told reporters that Ferdinand might not be able to start against Barcelona because of the problem that has led to him missing him the last three matches.

Ferguson spoke extensively about the possibility of Jonny Evans partnering Nemanja Vidic in Rome next Wednesday, and said Ferdinand would not be ready for the starting XI unless he proved his fitness in Sunday’s game at Hull City.

Ferdinand, however, was able to take part in a full training session yesterday with no reaction and, even if he does not play on Sunday, he insists it would have no bearing on his availability four days later.

“You’ll have to ask the manager but, physically, I’d be able to do it, no problem,” The Guardian quoted him, as syaing.

The injury, according to Ferguson, should usually take 10 to 14 days to clear up, and Ferdinand suffered it during a training session 12 days ago. (ANI)

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