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Man Utd face Ferdinand absence until New Year

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand faces being out of action until the New Year. The Sun says the England centre-back has been told he needs another six weeks of rest and physio work before his back will be strong enough for Premier League football.

Ferdinand, 31, had been playing with back problems since last season - leading to a calf injury this term.

After a series of poor displays he decided to get the problem sorted out for good.

Rio had hoped to be back by the start of December. But by the time he plays again, he will have missed at least 15 matches.

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