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Man Utd boss Ferguson: Losing Ferdinand is big blow

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Rio Ferdinand is out of the Carling Cup final on Sunday.

Ferdinand will also not play in England's friendly against Egypt.

"He won't be fit for the England game," said Ferguson. "That is obvious.

"It is a blow for us because I was looking forward to having Ferdinand and Vidic back on Tuesday. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be.

"You never know with back injuries and we have been through this before, but we don't think it is too serious.

"I don't think he will be fit for the AC Milan game but I don't think it will be long afterwards. We think he could be back in two weeks."

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