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The Ecuador wideman has been out of action since September, when he

suffered a serious ankle injury during a Champions League encounter

with Rangers. But the 25-year-old has battled back to fitness,

making an immediate impact against Marseille a fortnight ago when

he helped United to the win that secured an eagerly-awaited

quarter-final clash with Chelsea. And Ferguson is confident the

former Wigan star – who featured for 75 minutes in his country’s

2-0 defeat by Colombia in Madrid on Tuesday – can have a huge

impact in the final decisive weeks of the campaign. “Antonio has

showed in the parts of the games he’s played so far why we’ve

missed him,” Ferguson told Inside United. “He is a fantastic

footballer. He came on at the right time against Marseille because

Nani was starting to wilt a bit after his injury. “His ability to

get to the dead ball line is a big advantage to us and his football

brain was there for all to see when he made Javier Hernandez’s

second goal against Marseille. His pass to Ryan Giggs was

fantastic. “It is a big plus point. Having both Antonio and Nani is

a big boost for us.”