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Vidic will be fit to face rivals City
Manchester United are growing increasingly hopeful that Nemanja Vidic, the club’s captain, could return to fitness in time for the derby fixture with Manchester City that could prove crucial in the Barclays Premier League title race. The Serb, who has not featured for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side since the 1-0 Champions League win over Galatasaray on September 19, is due to return to full training in the next 10 days, giving him a fighting chance of featuring at the Etihad Stadium on December 9, almost a year to the day since the 31-year-old ruptured the cruciate ligament in his right knee. That injury ruled Vidic out of the second half of the season as City pipped United to the league title and, though he was restored for the first five games of this campaign, he complained of stiffness after a routine training session and, on September 25, underwent surgery to repair damage to his meniscus. Although he was initially told that he would be fit to return after eight weeks, Ferguson suggested a fortnight ago that the player was “a long way off” and would not be ready to play again until “around Christmas time”.
In The Express, England manager Roy Hodgson has underlined his faith in Wayne Rooney by claiming the striker can be England’s answer to Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the Swedish striker scored four during Wednesday’s 4-2 win over the Three Lions. “Rooney is a top-class player,” said Hodgson. “I believe in Wayne Rooney very strongly.”
Rooney also features in The Sun, outlining his aim to break scoring records for both United and England. “Sir Bobby is a legend and is such a presence around the club,” Wayne is quoted. “If I could break his record as Manchester United’s top goalscorer and maybe even England’s... wow! That is such a great incentive.”