Rio in race to be fit for final

MANCHESTER UNITED defender Rio Ferdinand&rsquo;s dream of making Champions League history hinges on this weekend&rsquo;s trip to Hull City.<br /><br />Ferdinand could become the first player to captain a team to glory in the European final two years in a row &ndash; if he proves he is over a calf injury.<br /><br />And United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists the only way he can convince he is ready to face Barcelona on Wednesday after a three-week absence is to play against Hull.<br /><br />&ldquo;I am hoping he will be fit for Sunday, if not he is doubtful for Wednesday that is for sure. I think he needs a game going into the Champions League final because him having not played for three weeks is too much,&rdquo; said Ferguson.<br /><br />&ldquo;The plan is for him to start training with us today and once we get football training we will have a better idea of his availability for Sunday. I think he is probably fit to play Wednesday, but whether I would start him without a game is another matter.&rdquo;<br /><br />Ferdinand lifted the trophy as skipper last year in Moscow after United beat Chelsea on sudden-death penalties and, with club captain Gary Neville set to miss out again through injury, will lead the team in Rome, fitness permitting.<br /><br />But should he fail to return to peak condition in time to partner Nemanja Vidic at centre-back, Ferguson says he would have no qualms about handing youngster Jonny Evans the task of nullifying Barca&rsquo;s prolific strikeforce.<br /><br />&ldquo;He has had a fantastic season,&rdquo; Ferguson said of Evans. &ldquo;It would be a fitting tribute to our academy if both he and former United and current Barca Gerard Pique are playing. I wouldn&rsquo;t be bothered one bit about Evans playing in the final.&rdquo;