Ferdinand 'fine' for final

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Rio Ferdinand has declared himself fit to face Barcelona in Wednesday's Champions League final.

The Manchester United defender has been struggling with a calf injury picked up in the semi-final, second leg at Arsenal earlier this month and did not make Sunday's Premier League trip to Hull as demanded by Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, Ferdinand said: "The injury is fine. I have been training and feel good. I am glad to be back."

As Jonny Evans has proved himself to be a capable stand-in on plenty of occasions this season, Ferguson did have a ready-made alternative if his £29.1million defender failed to make it.

That scenario does not appear likely, with Ferdinand insisting he would not risk the team by putting himself forward for selection if he was not 100%.

"I wouldn't do that," he said. "There is no way I will play if my fitness was detrimental to the team.

"Tomorrow is more about the team winning than me playing in a cup final.

"In any case, I have been working hard with the medical staff and training well. There are no problems. I am fine."

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