United may block Ferdinand’s England call-up

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson says the club may block

Rio Ferdinand’s call-up to the England squad because of fears about

the defender’s fitness.

Ferdinand was recalled by his national side Thursday for the

first time in nearly two years and is expected to play in World Cup

qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.

However, the 34-year-old center back has long-standing fitness

issues and Ferguson said Friday that ”I need to speak to our

doctor … we prepare Rio in certain ways and he has certain

treatments he has to go through.”

Fergsuon says he was ”as surprised as anyone” about the

call-up and that Ferdinand ”has to make sure he’s going to be OK

in terms of the number of games he plays.”