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Ferdinand set to miss start of new season


By Football Talk.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is likely to miss the start of the new season despite making good progress in his recovery from the knee injury he pick-up while on international duty with England just before the World Cup.

Ferdinand was due to captain his country in South Africa before suffering ligament damage to his left knee in a training accident with Emile Heskey and was subsequently ruled out of the entire tournament. The 31-year-old was initially expected to miss around 6 weeks but United revised the timescale to a more realistic 10-week absence.

Sir Alex Ferguson has already ruled the defender out of their pre-season tour of the United States and the Community Shield clash with Chelsea, and with the 2010-11 season due to start in 6 weeks Ferdinand is facing the prospect of missing United’s opener against Newcastle at Old Trafford.

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