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09/02/2011 10:07

Papers: Vida saved for City

Mark Ogden writes in The Telegraph

Vidic provides relief for depleted defence
Nemanja Vidic is preparing for Manchester United’s derby clash with Manchester City as Sir Alex Ferguson’s only fit centre-half after an agreement was reached between United and the Serbian Football Association to omit the defender from Wednesday's friendly with Israel. Rio Ferdinand is understood to be losing his battle to be ready for Saturday’s encounter with City after suffering a calf injury while warming for the Wolves match last weekend. United also have concerns over Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling. Evans, who stepped in for Ferdinand at Molineux, will miss Northern Ireland’s Carling Nations Cup tie against Scotland in Dublin on Wednesday night after withdrawing from the squad with an ankle injury suffered in training on Tuesday. And Smalling is targeting a return to training on Wednesday after being pulled out of the England Under-21 squad for Tuesday’s friendly against Italy in Empoli with a knock.

The Mirror, however, are confident Smalling will get the nod to face City and make his first appearance in a Manchester derby.

Elsewhere, on the morning England take on Denmark in Copenhagen, several papers carry stories on Wayne Rooney. In The Guardian, Kevin McCarra reminds everyone of Rooney's youth and raw talent, but says he must now kick on and fulfil his promise. He says: "Above all, it is essential Rooney confirms himself as a great talent now entering his prime."

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