FOOTBALL : Nemanja Vidic is in line to return to the Manchester United defence for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League showdown with Everton.
Nemanja Vidic is in line to return to the Manchester United defence for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League showdown with Everton.
The centre-half has started just seven games for United this term, and has been sidelined for the past three weeks with a calf injury.
But manager Sir Alex Ferguson discussed Vidic’s fitness with Serbia coach Raddy Antic on Tuesday night and the 28-year-old was given the green light to play 70 minutes in Wednesday afternoon’s World Cup warm-up against South Korea at Craven Cottage.
Vidic’s return will provide Ferguson with a huge boost as defensive partner Rio Ferdinand is still missing with a back problem, while the Red Devils have slipped five points behind leaders Chelsea.
Vidic enjoyed a relative stroll as Serbia ran out comfortable winners against the Koreans, with giant Valencia forward Nikola Zigic’s sixth-minute strike securing a 1-0 win.
United midfielder Park Ji-Sung, who has been out since October with a knee injury, captained South Korea and also lasted 70 minutes.