English Premiership

Fergie faces Rio KO woe

2010-08-20 15:25
Rio Ferdinand (File)

Manchester - Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has suffered a setback in his bid to return from injury after being told he won't be fit again until the end of September.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had hoped Ferdinand would be back in action within four weeks as the England captain recovers following the knee injury he suffered just before the World Cup.

But Ferguson, speaking on Friday ahead of United's trip to Fulham on Sunday, has confirmed it will be closer to six weeks before the centre-back is available.

Ferdinand damaged his knee ligaments in a freak training ground collision with Emile Heskey during England's first training session in South Africa ahead of the World Cup.

The former Leeds and West Ham defender was forced to withdraw from Fabio Capello's squad and miss the finals after flying home for treatment.

He has been undergoing an intensive recovery process under the watchful eye of the United medical team, but Ferguson will have to manage without him for a little longer than he anticipated.

Ferguson said: "Rio will be out until the end of September. I think what happened was a complete accident. Things like that are just part of football, it was just one of those freak things.

"We just have to make sure he comes back in the proper way."

Meanwhile, there are growing concerns about the fact United striker Wayne Rooney has not scored for 13 games and is struggling to recreate the form he showed last season at domestic level, before he disappointed so badly in South Africa.

He was subdued again during United's 3-0 win over Newcastle on Monday and last scored against Bayern Munich in the Champions League in March.

But Ferguson is refusing to panic and insists Rooney will come good in the end.

He added: "We see this thing time and time again. Strikers live by their goals and when they don't come they wonder where the next one is coming from. And when they start scoring they think they cannot miss.

"Wayne is no different, but it's not an issue. He is fine."

Ferguson reported that France left-back Patrice Evra has shown no ill-effects following a collision with an advertising hoarding late in the win over Newcastle.

The Scot also believes an extra week's training will prove beneficial for the likes of Michael Owen and Michael Carrick, neither of whom were involved against the Magpies.

"It was difficult picking a squad on Monday because some players had not had a lot of time on the pitch," Ferguson said.

"They weren't at their proper match fitness but with an extra week's training behind them, they should be much better."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Get fit on a budget

It’s time to throw the “I can’t afford to exercise” excuse out the window.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Tips for paddling your first Dusi
Climbing the world’s largest stone arch
Awesome extreme sports people
Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route
Fixtures
26 October 2014
Burnley v Everton, Turf Moor 15:30
Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United, White Hart Lane 15:30
Manchester United v Chelsea, Old Trafford 18:00
27 October 2014
Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa, Loftus Road Stadium 22:00
01 November 2014
Newcastle United v Liverpool, St. James' Park 14:45
Stoke City v West Ham United, Britannia Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Burnley, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Everton v Swansea City, Goodison Park 17:00
Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion, King Power Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Hull City v Southampton, The KC Stadium 17:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

How long will Mario Balotelli last at Liverpool?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.