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Man Utd boosted as Ferdinand returns to training

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has returned to training but despite the Reds defensive injury crisis will not face West Ham this weekend. Rafael has also started training but will not be available for Saturday's trip to struggling West Ham, while fellow defenders Wes Brown and John O'Shea are expected to return to training on Monday and Jonny Evans is suspended.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: "It still leaves us considerably short for tomorrow in terms of the right-back position; we'll have to solve that.

"I thought the two-week break (for internationals) would bring a few of them on, and it has, but not enough to play tomorrow."

Ferdinand was delighted to be close to a return, writing on Twitter: "Buzzing to be out on the training pitch again."

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