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The defender looks set to start the game on Wednesday evening...

Rio Ferdinand has said that his injury is "fine", before adding that if his appearance against Barcelona in the Champions League final would be detrimental to the team, then he would opt out of featuring.

It was originally feared that the English defender would miss the game through injury but his latest comments suggest that he will start in Rome for Manchester United.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the game, he said that he has spoken to the manager Sir Alex Ferguson and wouldn't play if he was not feeling fine.

"The manager knows I wouldn't put myself into a position to be in the game if I wasn't 100 per cent fit. We have got a talented squad and if my fitness was ever going to be detrimental to the team and the result, then I wouldn't play. I have been working hard with the physios at the club, training hard and working on the injury. I don't see any problems.." he said.

With regards to how much work he has done lately he revealed that he has been "training for the last few days" and said he was "glad to be back".

He continued, "We need to do it and we want to do it; that is why we are here. Until we have done it we don't know where it puts us though, we just want to win it and then you can determine where we are," he explained.

James Walker-Roberts, Goal.com

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