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.”