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Ferdinand fighting for United recall

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Manchester United welcome back the services of Javier Hernandez and Antonio Valencia for Saturday's trip to Bolton Wanderers, while fit-again defender Rio Ferdinand faces a fight to regain his place in the side.

Sir Alex Ferguson says the timely return of Chicharito to full fitness means he will likely take the place of the injured Danny Welbeck - who pulled a hamstring in last month's 8-2 demolition of Arsenal.

However the 20-year-old England youngster has also made good progress during the international break, and the Red Devils boss expects Welbeck to be back in action fairly quickly.

"Danny is making good progress," Ferguson confirmed. "The injury is not as bad as we thought and he should be training next week.


 

"There's no new problems after the internationals. Hernandez is fit. He played two lots of 45 minutes for Mexico and scored a goal.

"It's terrific for him to have the two halves, he's ready and has trained very well. The only concern was the rest time he needed after the concussion in the US. Otherwise he was fine."

Valencia's planned return to action at the Reebok Stadium will also boost United's attacking options, providing the strikers with another outlet of service.

"Valencia's doing very, very well - he's in the squad for tomorrow," continued Ferguson. "Rio Ferdinand's available but none of the back four deserve to be dropped so I don't anticipate many changes in the team."

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