Rio Ferdinand will miss Manchester United’s Champions League quarter-final first leg clash with Porto at Old Trafford on Tuesday with a groin injury.
The 30-year-old defender missed United’s 3-2 over Aston Villa on Sunday and he has not recovered in time considered to face the Portuguese league leaders.
The former Leeds ace has had problems in the past with his back, an injury which kept him out of the England side that beat Slovakia 4-0 in a friendly last week.
It is believed the centre-back picked up the groin problem during England’s midweek international victory over the Ukraine and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is hopeful he will be fit for the weekend trip to Sunderland.
The Scot also confirmed that all the players who missed Sunday’s win through injury were unlikely to feature against Porto although Nemanja Vidic, Paul Scholes and Wayne Rooney are all available again after suspension.