Date: 2nd April 2009 at 9:22pm
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I had expressed my worries about the fact that Rio Ferdinand had recovered from his back injury in time to face Ukraine on Wednesday. I had hoped he would miss the game so that he would be fit for Sunday’s vital clash against Aston Villa.

Well, he played 88 minutes against Ukraine and the game was almost over, England leading 2-1, with Rio having a fine game, when my fears came true: he had to be substituted. It has transpired since that he picked up a groin injury which makes him doubtful for Sunday.

It was oh so predictable. He might make the game – indeed, latest reports indicate he expects to be fit – but it looks like the best back-four we can field consists of John O’Shea, a half-fit Ferdinand, Jonny Evans in place of the suspended Vidic and an off-form Patrice Evra.

Anderson also injured, Rooney suspended, Berbatov struggling with injury, Tevez travelling half the world after a 6-1 drubbing: things aren’t looking too good…