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Ferdinand sidelined with injury

ENGLAND defender Rio Ferdinand will miss Manchester United's match at Burnley tomorrow and is likely to be sidelined for at least another two weeks as the English champion battle to cope with an early season injury crisis.

Ferdinand went for a scan on his injured thigh yesterday after missing United's opening game against Birmingham City, which it won 1-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Ferdinand's injury comes at a bad time for United with his defensive partner Nemanja Vidic (calf) also out of the visit to Burnley while reserve defender Jonny Evans limped off after 74 minutes with a groin injury.

Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar (broken hand), Gary Neville (groin) and Rafael da Silva (shoulder) are also sidelined.

Manager Alex Ferguson, whose side is chasing an unprecedented fourth successive English League title, told the club's television channel MUTV that it is not all doom and gloom at Old Trafford.

"Nemanja Vidic is back training and hopefully we'll get him back for next Saturday at Wigan. We've had a hard time with injuries in our defence over the last two seasons but we've got capable people to fill in."

Five other Premier League matches are being played during midweek with Sunderland hosting Chelsea and Wigan Athletic playing Wolves today. On Wednesday, Birmingham faces Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur travels to Hull City and Liverpool is at home to Stoke City.

On Sunday, French defender Sebastien Bassong headed Tottenham's winner against Liverpool on his debut just over a week after joining the club from Newcastle.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto fired Tottenham in front with a thumping shot past Pepe Reina just before halftime but Liverpool levelled with a Steven Gerrard penalty early in the second half.


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