LONDON - Manchester United defender Rio
Ferdinand will miss the Premier League champions' opening
Champions League Group C match against Benfica in Lisbon on
Wednesday, the club said on Tuesday.
A statement on the club's website said
Ferdinand was not part of the 19-man squad who flew from
Manchester airport on Wednesday morning.
Ferdinand missed matches against Tottenham Hotspur and
Arsenal because of a hamstring injury but played against Bolton
Wanderers three days ago.
"Ferdinand's regular centre-back partner Nemanja Vidic will
also miss the trip (calf), as expected, along with Tom Cleverley
(foot), Danny Welbeck (hamstring) and Rafael (shoulder)," the
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