Rio Ferdinand is set for a surprise return to action in Manchester United ’s Carling Cup semi-final first leg against local rivals Manchester City , according to a report in The Daily Star this morning.
Ferdinand has not played for Manchester united since the defeat at Liverpool in October due to a back injury that had restricted him for much of 2009.
The 31-year-old central defender has played seven games for in 2009/2010. Ferdinand will be hoping to prove his fitness in the second half of the season to secure a spot in Fabio Capello’s England World Cup squad.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly hoping to field Ferdinand alongside Nemanja Vidic who has been injured since just prior to the shock home defeat to Leeds in the FA Cup.
The first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final takes place at Manchester City ’s Eastlands ground on Tuesday night.