Ferdinand fit to start against Porto

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PORTO - Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has recovered from a groin injury and will start the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Porto on Wednesday. "We think Rio is fit. He trained on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and he will start tomorrow," United manager Alex Ferguson told reporters on Tuesday. "There is a lot of quality in Rio's game, so he is obviously going to make a difference. Also it gets us back the partnership between Rio and Nemanja Vidic, which has been the cornerstone of our great defensive performances this season," he added. Ferdinand missed the first leg 2-2 draw at Old Trafford last week. United's defence has looked fragile since the 4-1 home thrashing by Liverpool last month, conceding seven goals in the last four matches. UNITED FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Wayne Rooney, Peter Schmeichel, Carlos Tevez Q&A Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud Van Nistlerooy One on One David Beckham, George Best Ask A Silly Question Bryan Robson Boy's A Bit Special Danny Simpson Perfect XI Garth Crooks, Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona What Happened Next? David May, Norman Whiteside Sing When You’re Winning Dominic Monaghan, Ian Brown And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate United players (and others) on Talentspotter