Date: 26th April 2011 at 11:03am
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Ahead of tonight’s game against Schalke, Ferguson has hailed the return of defender Rio Ferdinand.

Having missed a large part of the season with a calf injury following the turn of the year, had claimed we would be lucky to see him back on the pitch but the center back recovered in time for the first leg of our quarter final clash against and the impact of his return was felt immediately as he slotted back into defence beside and helped us over come the London team.

Now with the final insight and just Schalke blocking our path has praised his defender saying:

“Rio’s ability showed itself in the first leg against Chelsea. He was absolutely immense.

“That experience and ability is vital in the situation we are in at the moment. He is fresh and ready to play and that is a big step forward for us.”

Schalke will be no push over and in the German side will not only have to overcome an old foe in but will also have to over come an old whoodoo in facing German teams at the knockout stage of European competition.

have faced Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Leverkusen and last year in the quarter final and have failed to win any of these 2 legged ties so will be wary of the threat that a reinvigorated Schalke under Ralf Ragnick pose.