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Centre-half, who it was feared would miss the rest of the season, was in training ahead of Wednesday's game at Stamford Bridge, but striker allegedly did not figure in practice

Rio Ferdinand trained with the Manchester United squad ahead of the game against Chelsea but it has been reported that striker Wayne Rooney did not make an appearance.

The two sides meet on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of an all-English Champions League quarter-final.

The former Leeds United defender had previously been expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season due to a calf injury, but it appears that he could be in line for a quick return after training with the squad, according to the club's official website.

Rafael also returned to training after a hamstring injury sustained in a previous European game against Marseille, while some reports have suggested that striker Rooney did not appear for Tuesday's practice with the rest of the squad.

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