Rio Ferdinand makes reserves return

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Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand made his return from a knee injury in his club's reserve team clash with Oldham Athletic on Wednesday evening.

The 31-year-old missed the World Cup finals earlier this summer due to knee ligament damage, but is now close to being in contention for a first-team return for the Red Devils after a solid 45-minute run-out.

Reserve team boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said:"Rio is always the same player. It is a while since he has played but he was still calm.

"He has got through an important 45 minutes, straight after two very hard training sessions yesterday and the day before, so we are delighted with him.

"There was no problem whatsoever. It was always planned that he would play 45 minutes. I am not sure he needs any more games, Rio is a naturally fit lad.

"Today was about distances and getting tighter to the ball. Now he is available for selection again."

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