Date: 20th November 2009 at 5:35pm
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Sir Alex confirmed that doctors had identified the source of Rio Ferdinand’s persistent injury problems: as suspected, it is his back that troubles him. However, reports that he’ll be out until the New Year have been exaggerating.

‘It is back related,’ Fergie said.

‘We are putting a timescale on it, but it is not a situation where we are saying it will be months, it might be a couple of weeks or it might be a few weeks but that is it.’

Hopefully it’s true because another drawn out story in the Gary Neville/Hargreaves mould would be devastating…