Nemanja Vidic is edging ever nearer to making his Manchester United comeback but has been ruled out of making an appearance in tomorrow’s dead rubber Champions League tie.
The Serbian centreback has been ruled out since September following knee surgery – after he had already missed ten months following an severe knee injury last December – but is close to a return.
Sir Alex Ferguson has welcomed back his team’s captain to training, but feels it is too soon to make a return and will not rush his easing back to fitness.
“I don’t think Nemanja will play,” Sir Alex told manutd.com. “He feels he needs another few days’ training so he won’t be available. He’s not far away. He’s training well now but I think another few days will bring him on better.
“I wasn’t considering Nemanja for Sunday [against Manchester City] anyway. Playing tomorrow would have been a bonus but Sunday would have been too soon [for that sort of game].”
Vidic may have found returning against Cluj tomorrow an easy step into the first-team, considering United have already qualified as group winners and sealed their place in the Champions League knockout stages.
But Fergie still has the chance to rest some important players, although benching Wayne Rooney would be counter-productive insists the Scot.
“Wayne needs to play a lot of games to get his match-fitness up,” he added. “He’s a strong built lad and when he misses two games it takes him three games to come back. It’s the way he’s always been.
“He’ll play tomorrow night and hopefully that brings him on further. On Saturday, that was his best performance of the season so far.“