Rio Ferdinand trains as normal

  • Last Updated: October 22 2012, 14:53 BST

Rio Ferdinand was training on Monday morning as normal ahead of Manchester United's Champions League encounter with Braga at Old Trafford.

Rio Ferdinand: Trained as normal on Monday

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The defender defied Sir Alex Ferguson on Saturday by refusing to wear a T-shirt supporting the anti-racism Kick It Out campaign ahead of United's 4-2 win over Stoke, leading his manager to state publicly that the 33-year-old would be "dealt with".

But there have been suggestions that the pair resolved their differences at a meeting on Sunday morning and Ferdinand did train with the remainder of his team-mates at Carrington ahead of Monday night's game.

The chances of Ferdinand playing have increased as Chris Smalling is still to start full training after suffering a broken metatarsal during pre-season.

It means Ferguson still only has three centre-backs, Ferdinand, Jonny Evans and rookie Scott Wootton.

Shinji Kagawa, Tom Cleverley and Ryan Giggs, who all sat out Saturday's Barclays Premier League win over Stoke, are likely to return as United look to extend their 100 per cent record in the competition.

Man Utd provisional squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Wootton, Evra, Buttner, Valencia, Nani, Powell, Cleverley, Carrick, Anderson, Scholes, Fletcher, Giggs, Young, Kagawa, Van Persie, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck.


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