Duo To Miss Saints Tie

Last updated : 03 January 2009 By Sam
Ferdinand is still struggling with a back injury that he aggravated during the away win at Stoke City on Boxing Day whilst Tevez is not expected to be back in England in time for the 3rd Round tie at St Mary's on Sunday having returned to Argentinia for a few days over the festive period.

"Unfortunately Rio's still not training and we're trying to give it time to settle," United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has said

"We're managing it the best we can.

"He certainly won't be playing in the next two games but hopefully we'll have him ready for Chelsea next Sunday.

"By that time it will have hopefully settled down and he'll be available for the big one against Chelsea.

"The work we're doing at the moment is geared towards making his back more supple and there's more resilience to the problem.

"The work he does in the gym is important."