Afternoon Ticker: Rooney and Ferdinand fit, Feilhaber return looming and more

Afternoon Ticker: Rooney and Ferdinand fit, Feilhaber return looming and more

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Afternoon Ticker: Rooney and Ferdinand fit, Feilhaber return looming and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO 

Some of Manchester United's fears heading into the club's Champions League quarterfinals match against Bayern Munich were eased on Monday, as Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney were deemed fit enough to play.

Rooney and Ferdinand missed United's 4-0 dismantling of Bolton Wanderers over the weekend with a bruised foot and groin injury, respectively, but the English duo made the trip to Germany on Monday morning.

The first leg of the quarterfinals match will be played on Tuesday at Allianz Arena, with the return leg set for April 7.

Here are some more stories from Monday:

Feilhaber's return approaching

AGF Aarhus will play two games over the next seven days, and Benny Feilhaber is expected to make his return from an ankle injury during that time.

Feilhaber resumed training with the first team last week, and is targeting to play against Esbjerg on Wednesday or Randers FC on April 5. Feilhaber has yet to play for Aarhus since the club returned from its winter break.

Eriksson starting World Cup preparations

Sven-Goran Eriksson was confirmed as the manager of Ivory Coast for the 2010 World Cup on Sunday, and the Swedish manager is wasting no time in starting his preparations. Eriksson told reporters he would start traveling on Tuesday to watch players in Europe and Ivory Coast before he selects his World Cup squad in little over a month. Ivory Coast was drawn into Group G with North Korea, Portugal and Brazil.

Zola to continue as West Ham manager

Gianfranco Zola has decided on his future with West Ham United and elected to stay with the club as it fights to avoid relegation. After the Hammers' sixth consecutive defeat this past weekend, Zola spent the past couple days in Italy pondering his future, but decided he is still the man that can help the club remain in the Premier League. West Ham has six games left this season, starting with Everton on Saturday.

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Does Bayern Munich have no chance of winning now that Ferdinand and Rooney are fit? Think Feilhaber will help Aarhus end the season strongly? How do you see Ivory Coast faring with Eriksson at the helm? Are you hoping Zola and West Ham avoid relegation?

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