Vidic to tour with United

Centre-half offers timely boost to Red Devils' pre-season plans

Nemanja Vidic: Old Trafford captain ready to make his return to action

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Nemanja Vidic will travel with Manchester United on their Scandinavian tour, with the defender set to step up his recovery from a serious knee injury.

Vidic played no part in United's recent visits to South Africa and China, as he was left at home to work on his fitness.

The Serbia international is, however, ready to bolster Sir Alex Ferguson's defensive options ahead of the new season.

His return could not be more timely, with Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans currently taking in spells on the sidelines.

Brazilian full-back Rafael is also away on international duty at the Olympics, meaning Ferguson has only four senior defenders available to him following the return of his Euro 2012 contingent.

"Chris Smalling is out for 10 weeks with his metatarsal operation and Jonny Evans is still just in light training," Ferguson told United's official website.

Big losses

"They are big losses and they will miss the start of the season.

"Rafael is away but we do have Phil Jones, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra.

"That will be the back four on tour.

"Hopefully we don't get any more injuries as it would leave me a bit short."

United face Norwegian outfit Valerenga on Sunday, then Barcelona in Gothenburg on Wednesday before concluding their pre-season programme away to Bundesliga side Hannover on 11th August.

It is anticipated goalkeeper David de Gea will also join the United party earlier than anticipated following Spain's shock group stage exit at the Olympics.