Date: 15th January 2010 at 4:38pm
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There has been some rumour that Rio Ferdinand might even be available against Burnley tomorrow but he won’t be. No reason to be disappointed though as Sir Alex confirms that he’s closer than ever, along with Owen Hargreaves who has had no setbacks recently.

‘They both took part in some work and Rio in particular is not too far away now.’

Still no timescale on it though which is probably wise. We endured enough disappointments because of optimistic estimations of return dates, at least now it will be a pleasant surprise if they are involved. Hopefully we’ll see both on the pitch in January.