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Man Utd's Ferdinand confident team can get on without Valencia

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes there is enough depth in the squad to cope without injured midfielder Antonio Valencia.

The Ecuadorian international, who has been so influential recently, injured his hamstring in last night's 2-0 Europa League in at Ajax but Ferdinand is remaining calm about his imminent absence.

"It's a really big blow," he told the club's official website. "Antonio's been a fantastic player for us this season.

"But when somebody gets injured or loses form at this club the manager can always call upon another player to perform."

Ferdinand cited the return of Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones and Nani as the major reasons for not worrying too much about Valencia's injury.

"It's important to recognise we had a few players who have been out recently and were able to get a few minutes under their belts. That was good," he added.

"In Tom's case, he's an all-round player and the sort of guy who's going to be beneficial to the team. He's got a lot of energy and he's a good passer of the ball. It's good to see him back."

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