Rio plays down inury concerns

Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand insists there

are no long-term concerns over his fitness after describing his

latest injury lay-off as “precautionary”.

The 31-year-old has been persistently troubled by a back

problem and missed last Sunday’s Carling Cup final and England’s

friendly victory over Egypt on Wednesday.

But Ferdinand claims his most recent spell on the sidelines

is nothing to worry about and he is set to face Wolves at Molineux

on Saturday in the Premier League.

The new England captain said in The Sun: “This latest problem

has only been a minor setback. It’s just been precautionary, me not

playing, to make sure it doesn’t get any worse.

“But I’m fine now, no pain, so I’m cool.

“It was decided it was best for me to stay in Manchester and

train, rather than with England.”