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Rio fit for treble bid
Rio Ferdinand could give Sir Alex Ferguson a boost in his quest to guide Manchester United to the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup treble by making an early return from a calf injury after flying to Germany to see the leading specialist, Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, for treatment. Ferguson had said this month that the 32-year-old central defender's season could be over with the news that he had suffered another injury setback. Ferdinand visited Müller-Wohlfahrt, the club doctor at Bayern Munich, on Monday for what is understood to have been an injection in his back to try to solve the calf problem he suffered in United's league match against Aston Villa on 1 February. Regarding Ferdinand's calf injury, Ferguson said this month: "It's just not responding. Sometimes [calf] injuries can be troublesome. Rio has been out for six weeks now; it's going on two months.We are not looking short term. He's hardly training yet and it looks to me like we'll be lucky to get him back fit for some part of the season." It is now thought that the player hopes to be back running soon. He is under medical supervision at United and the club's next game after the international break, the visit to West Ham United on Saturday week, may come too soon. But, if Ferdinand does respond positively to treatment, then there would be real hope he could be fit to face Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final, in the second leg on 12 April, before the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City at Wembley four days later.
Jamie Jackson, The Guardian
Elsewhere, The Independent report Patrice Evra's comments while on duty with France. It's the first time Evra has been called up by France since last summer's World Cup. "It's with great pride that I find myself back in the French team, which I missed enormously," he said. "The people who know the real Patrice Evra knew I would fight to come back."