Ferdinand trains but no sign of Jones

by Michelle Fortune , 04 March 2013

Rio Ferdinand trained with Manchester United ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Real Madrid after being forced to miss the 4-0 win over Norwich through illness.

The defender sat out Saturday's Premier League success with flu but he joined his team-mates at Carrington on Monday morning to prepare for the last-16 second leg against the Spanish giants.

Phil Jones has been battling to recover from the ankle injury he sustained in the FA Cup win over Reading but he did not join his team-mates, and he must now be considered a major doubt for Tuesday's clash.

Jonny Evans, meanwhile, trained away from the rest of the squad, concentrating on light jogging and exercises.

There was nothing to separate the pair in the first leg with Real Madrid hitting back to draw level following Danny Welbeck's opener.

Michael Carrick insists everyone at the club thrives on big occasions and hopes everything will be up for the match.

"These are the nights you live for. There is just something in the air, something special," he told the club's website.

"Everyone comes with a spring in their step. Every supporter is that little bit more vocal. Everyone is a little bit more up for it.

"The fans appreciate how important it is and what it means to get through in this competition. And they can make a difference. On these European nights everyone seems to be that bit louder and more excited. Hopefully they can do their bit and we can do ours.

"Everyone is looking forward to it and can't wait for the game to come. Hopefully we play like we know we can and get the result we want."

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