Ferdinand poised to return

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Rio Ferdinand could make his first competitive appearance of the season for Manchester United at Tottenham on Saturday.

The England defender has been out since the Community Shield with a thigh injury but has been in training this week.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: "Rio has been in training this week and has a got a chance for Tottenham, I'm not sure how big a chance but he has got a chance."

John O'Shea is almost certain to be missing after suffering a calf injury on duty with the Republic of Ireland. But Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni's worries that the defender could be ruled out for a couple of months seem to be unwarranted.

Despite it being international week, Ferguson has had an impressive selection of senior players to work with in training.

"We've had a good number of players training here - Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Anderson, Park Ji-Sung and also young Fabio and Michael Owen.

"If the worst came to the worst we would have a reasonable group of players fit."

Tottenham have won four games out of four and are just above United in the Premier League table, behind Chelsea on goal difference.

Ferguson added: "I watched a couple of videos yesterday and they will be a handful for us.

"They have had a good start and Harry has brought in a few of his own type of players, players he's familiar with such as Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and now Niko Kranjcar as well."

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