WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

Papers: Rio still out

10/02/2011 09:00

Rio 'out for up to three weeks'
Rio Ferdinand is likely to be out for up to three weeks for Manchester United because of a calf strain. Ferdinand, who will miss this weekend's Manchester derby, was hurt in the warm-up before United's 2-1 defeat at Wolves last Saturday. Sir Alex Ferguson initially said Ferdinand would be out for "two weeks" with the injury, but it has emerged the central defender could be sidelined for longer. Despite intensive treatment by United's medical staff, the date they have given for Ferdinand's likely return is the Premier League trip to Wigan on February 26.
David McDonnell, Daily Mirror

A number of the papers feature quotes from our exclusive Gary Neville interview talking about Rafael.

In other news, FA chiefs will accept the pleas from the top European clubs and ensure no players who are in England's Euro 2012 squad are named for the London Olympics team. United chief executive David Gill voiced the view of the 197 top teams represented by the European Clubs Association when he declared that it would be wrong for any players selected for next summer's tournament in Poland and Ukraine to also be named in Olympics squads.

The Sun runs quotes from City defender Pablo Zabaleta who says the Blues are confident of winning at Old Trafford on Saturday and bringing United's unbeaten home run this season to an end.

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