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25/03/2012 23:00, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Boss hails the Rio factor

really well to it.

“If you look at the week before last for instance - I didn’t want to play him in Bilbao, but with [Phil] Jones calling off with the flu, I had to and then he played on the Sunday as well [at Wolves]. So he’s adapting really well to the challenge of making sure he is fit and fresh to play in the games we need him.

“What he is doing at the moment [in terms of fitness] is good. He has no issues at all. I think from time to time he gets the odd tweak in his back but we’ll manage that and look after it.”

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