Monday, November 1, 2010

Ferdinand to miss Man Utd Euro tie

Bursaspor    v    Man Utd

    Champions League
    Venue: Bursa Ataturk stadium Venue Date: 2 November Kick-off: 1945 GMT
    Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles; Live on BSkyB

    Rio Ferdinand
    Ferdinand injured a knee while on World Cup duty with England

    Central defender Rio Ferdinand has not travelled with the 20-man Manchester United squad for Tuesday's Champions League Group C game at Bursaspor.

    He played in Saturday's league win over Tottenham but, although no reason for his European absence was given, may have been omitted as a precaution.

    Ferdinand, 31, returned in September after suffering a knee injury in June.

    Chris Smalling is set to deputise, while Jonny Evans, Federico Macheda, Anderson and Gary Neville are also out.

    Long-term absentees Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Michael Owen remain sidelined.

    606: DEBATE

    United are currently top of their group with seven points and a win over Bursaspor, who are the only team not to score in the Champions League so far this season, would all but guarantee the English side's progress into the knockout stages.

    However, Old Trafford midfielder Michael Carrick insisted United could not take the tie lightly.

    "The Champions League is not easier than it used to be," he said.

    "In terms of the stature and history of the clubs, it might not be as good, but the games are still tough, especially away from home.

    "People might point to our away record, which is very good, but all those matches have been hard.

    "Travelling to Turkey, for instance, presents you with a long journey and a different type of atmosphere. You are encountering players that you don't see every week.

    "It brings a different challenge to Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

    "It is something you have to face if you want to continue in the competition."

    Man Utd (from): Van der Sar, Amos, Kuszczak, Evra, Brown, Vidic, Smalling, Rafael, Fabio, O'Shea, Eikrem, Scholes, Obertan, Bebe, Fletcher, Carrick, Park, Nani, Berbatov, Hernandez.

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