Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand is eyeing a return from injury following the international break, according to the Daily Star.

The long serving defender has been unavailable for selection in the last two games for his club due to a groin problem, but he has been undergoing an intense regime of treatment from United medical staff, in order to prepare him for when the domestic fixtures resume following the international period.

The 34-year-old has come under some criticism this year for looking a little off the pace of the action. There has even been talks of Moyes acquiring a new centre-half in January in order to replace the ageing No.5, but his return will surely allow Moyes to breathe a sigh of relief.

Ferdinand, who is playing in his 12th season at Old Trafford, has largely been one of the more consistent performers for the Premier League champions over the years, but his partnership with Nemanja Vidic has looked unprecedentedly shaky of late.

The 4-1 drubbing at the hands of arch-rivals Manchester City put the Red Devils' back line under immense scrutiny, and so far the team has shipped nine goals this term.

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