Vidic targets July return

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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is looking to return to training this summer as his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury continues.

The Serbian defender suffered the injury against FC Basel in the Champions league last December.

Despite begin ruled out of the remainder of the season, Vidic is already targeting a return next term.

"It's going well," he told

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

"Much of the stuff I'm doing in the gym I don't look forward to, but it benefits me.

"I have to say I'm doing more work now, while I'm injured, than I do when I'm playing. Because of that, I spend more time at Carrington.

"But also because I'm not playing, there is less travelling so I can spend some more time with my family. That's a good point for me, because we have a third child now so there is a lot to do at home."

Without their talismanic skipper, United have sustained their Premier league title challenge, despite the presence of Manchester City, and lead their near neighbours by four points going into the end of the season run-in.

In his absence, Jonny Evans, who netted his first United goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, and Rio Ferdinand have held the fort, while Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have often filled in in the middle.

The title is likely to be decided at the end of next month, when both Manchester rivals clash at the Etihad Stadium.

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