As Manchester United take on arch rivals Chelsea in the Champions League quarter final tonight, Sir Alex Ferguson looks set to have his best squad available in months, despite Wayne Rooney suffering an injury.
Rooney missed training yesterday, and while it was assumed he was avoiding media attention over the controversial swearing incident, Ferguson revealed it was actually because of injury.
"He missed training, he was having treatment,” Ferguson told reporters.
"It's the front of his shin, a really bad bruise, but we hope he'll be okay."
Manchester United have had issues with their defence line up over the past few weeks, due to nursing a host of injuries. But tonight Ferguson believes United will have their strongest side in quite a while.
"We have had some injury problems, particularly in the defensive positions but hopefully that is coming to an end,” Ferguson said.
"[Jonny] Evans is available probably. He was suspended at the weekend after a red card.
“Ferdinand has been training for over a week, but whether he is ready for this game I'm not sure.
"Rafa Da Silva is available, he's been training for over a week after his hamstring, and [John] O'Shea and [Wes] Brown are back training, so definitely the situation is getting better.”
With United set to field a strong squad against Chelsea, the Champions League tie between the two clubs will no doubt be one of the best match ups in the competition.