Ferdinand to miss Cup final

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MANCHESTER, February 24 – Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will miss Sunday's League Cup final against Aston Villa due to a back injury.Ferdinand’s injury stopped him taking part in United’s 3-0 league win over West Ham at Old Trafford on Tuesday and boss Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed the England captain won’t be fit in time for this weekend’s match at Wembley.

"He felt a twinge in his back this morning (Tuesday) when we did a warm-up at (United’s training ground) Carrington. We can’t take any chances. He won’t be playing on Sunday," Ferguson told Sky Sports News.

"Rio has been training great too. There have been no mishaps at all. But when you get these twinges you can’t take a chance."

The former Leeds star has played just three times in 2010 as a result of injury and suspension.

Ferdinand’s injury also casts doubt over his ability to play in England’s friendly against Egypt at Wembley on March 3, which was due to be his first international outing since replacing John Terry as England captain.

Ferguson could also be without Brazilian midfielder Anderson for the Villa clash after he limped off with a serious knee injury during the win over West Ham.

"We have sent him for a scan," Ferguson said. "Hopefully it is not too serious but it did not look good."

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