Vidic returns to full training, while Nani not expected to play again this year
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Vidic returns to full training, while Nani not expected to play again this year

Dagsboro : DE : USA | Nov 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM PST
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Manchester United's Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic (R) fights off a challenge

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic returned to full training on Friday and could be a surprise inclusion in the club's midweek fixture against FC Cluj in the Champions League.

The Serbian defender has had horrid luck with injuries for the past year and a half, as he had to yet again go under the knife in September. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson was definitely delighted with the news of Vidic's comeback, owing to the player’s undeniable ability at the back.

"It would be nice for him to play on Wednesday. We are not afraid of that," stated the Scotsman.

There is, however, also bad news on the injury front for United, as Portuguese winger Nani picked up a hamstring concern and has been ruled out for four to five weeks. That would be a huge blow for the player, who had only just started to pick up his form.

"Nani is going to be out for a longer spell, possibly another four or five weeks," said Ferguson.

United are still without the services of their favored right winger, Antonio Valencia, who is set to miss upcoming Premier League fixture against Reading with a hip injury.

Ferguson would be assessing the fitness of his captain in the coming days, and should he last 90 minutes against Cluj, the manager may be tempted to play Vidic in the crunch match against rivals Manchester City. The derby is set to take place at the Etihad stadium on Dec. 9.

Vidic was unable to play much of the last season, and has already missed most of this season. He suffered a calf concern at the start of the last season; the injury kept him out for two months. He then ruptured cruciate ligaments in a match against Basel in December that led him to miss the remainder of the season. He trained in the preseason but appeared five times before feeling tightness in the knee. Doctors recommended a surgery and the player has been out ever since.

"He has started training, which is good news," Ferguson said. "He has not been involved in the real competitive part but he has done OK. For the last year and a half he has probably only played 10 or 12 games or something like that. The best way is for us to leave it to 'Vida' himself. He has the experience to know what is best for him and when the time is right for him to come back into the team. He would be short of match practice but I wouldn't be averse to playing him on Wednesday."

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