Thursday, May 21, 2009
Ferdinand faces 'toughest battle'
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says the race to be fit for the Champions League final in Rome is "the toughest battle of his career."
Ferdinand has missed three games with a calf injury and has been told he must prove his fitness against Hull on Sunday to have any chance of playing.
"It's perhaps the most important injury battle of my career," he said ahead of next Wednesday's clash with Barcelona.
"I've not thought about not playing in the final. It's as simple as that."
Ferdinand last played for United in the Champions League semi-final, second-leg victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on 5 May, shortly before suffering his calf injury in training.
He had already been doubtful for that game because of a rib injury sustained in the first leg, while he has also been plagued by back and groin problems this season.
If Ferdinand is not fit for the game against Barcelona next week, his place in the team is likely to go to Jonny Evans.