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Rio may miss rest of season

sports Updated: Mar 17, 2011 23:27 IST

Manchester United's injury crisis deepened on Thursday when coach Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that centre-back Rio Ferdinand may miss the rest of the season with a calf injury.

The England captain sustained the injury in the warm-up ahead of United's Premier League defeat at Wolves on February 5 but was expected to be able to play some part in the title run-in. "Rio has been out for a few weeks now," said Ferguson. "He has not started training yet. We will be lucky to get him back for some part of the season."

Lehmann is back
London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed on Thursday that goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is set to re-join the club until the end of the season.

"Lehmann is training with us and will sign for the rest of the season," said Wenger. "We have no cover in the Premier League, so that is why I decided to bring Jens back. He has not signed, but a contract has been agreed."

Lehmann, 41, has been a free agent since retiring in 2010 after two years with German club Stuttgart.

Ballack misses out
Berlin: Ex-Germany captain Michael Ballack will again miss out on selection for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Kazakhstan and the friendly with Australia when coach Joachim Loew names his squad on Friday. Ballack, 34, is working his way back to full fitness after back-to-back injuries and has yet to make himself part of coach Jupp Heynckes' first-choice line-up at Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.