Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling fit for the season ahead

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed this morning in South Africa that Nemanja Vidic and fellow defender Chris Smalling will be fit for the start of next season.

The reds new campaign starts on the 20th August vs Everton, giving both Vidic and Smalling just over a month to gain fitness at Carrington.

Nemanja Vidic has been missing since he ruptured a cruciate ligament back in December 2011 vs Basel away.

Nemanja Vidic injury vs BaselChris Smalling had a groin operation at the start of the summer which also rulled him out of the England squad during Euro 2012, great news to hear that Smalling been back doing light training.

Sir Alex Ferguson said:

“Jonny [Evans] has had an operation, I am not sure he will start the season but he won’t be far away”

Chris Smalling has done a bit of training. The ruptured groin muscle he had certainly needed a lot of attention. He is gradually progressing and I expect him to start the season.”

“Vidic will start the season, I am sure of that, he is still at the level of doing good amounts of training but not in the competitive sense that the others have done so it was pointless bringing him out here. He is better being back at Carrington, with all the facilities and the physios to get him to the next level. By the time we get back, we hope he is at the competitive element of his comeback.”

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