Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic set to return from injury in July’s pre-season training

By Dean Wilkins

Nemanja Vidic will return from injury during Manchester United’s pre-season training this July.

The Reds’ captain was ruled out for the majority of the 2011/2012 campaign after rupturing his cruciate ligament in December’s Champions League defeat to Basel.

The 30-year-old revealed his target is to return this summer and rejoin his teammates who look set to clinch their 20th league title.

“My recovery is going well,” Vidic told Manchester United’s official website.

“Obviously the projection was I would be ready for the next season. I am on schedule and will hopefully start training again in July.”

Vidic has been confined to gym work after a successful operation on his knee and has supported from the sidelines as United head for their record win.

“I’ve had the belief from the beginning and if you look at the schedule of the games we have left to play I would like to say we are the favourites,” he said.

“We still have to win the nine games and need to be focused.

“We believed from the beginning and have the confidence but we have nine Champions League final games now I would say.

“It’s all in our hands. We have to focus and give our best.

“All the players are ready to perform which is a good sign and a positive thing for the nine games ahead.”

Vidic watched a successful return from winger Antonio Valencia against Wolves on Sunday, and said how his return is the key to United’s success.

“Antonio has done really well. It’s important he’s fit and plays all the games because we need him at this time of the season.”


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