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Nani will not feature for Manchester
United at Blackburn on Monday, but
Sir Alex Ferguson has no fresh injury
concerns for the trip to Ewood Park
as Rio Ferdinand has overcome a
back problem.
United hold a three-point lead over
Manchester City with eight games
remaining in the season, but could
find themselves in second by the
time they meet Rovers as Roberto
Mancini's men face Sunderland at
home on Saturday.
Ferguson had injury concerns over
Ferdinand, as he limped out of the
win over Fulham, while Nani has
been struggling with an ankle injury.
The game will come too soon for the
Portuguese winger, who has not
played since March 8, but Ferdinand
has shrugged off a back complaint
and will feature in the travelling
party to Blackburn.
"We have the same squad as on
Monday night, there are no
changes," Ferguson said. "Rio is okay
- he just felt a bit stiff. We know the
situation with that - we addressed it
right away and put [Chris] Smalling
on. He's fine.
"We expect Nani to train tomorrow
[Friday] but the game will come too
soon for him. [Anders] Lindegaard
was training very well and maybe
overdid it. We've given him a week
off and he should be back before the
end of the season."
Blackburn claimed a shock win at
United on New Year's Eve and
Ferguson is expecting a tough test
on Monday.
"Blackburn is always a difficult type
of game," he said. "It's always a bit
feisty and has a local derby feeling
about it. Last season we came back
from a goal down to win the league.
We expect a difficult game - that's
the way all the games will be.
"You can look at all the games and
say Blackburn, QPR, Wigan and Villa
are all fighting for their lives.
Hopefully we can navigate them. It's
important for us to make sure we
get in front in games."

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