The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 25, 2012
 

Vidic boosted by end of Manchester United's injury woes

 
 

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic believes the Premier League leaders' improving injury situation will have a significant impact during the busy Christmas period.

United, who saw their advantage over second-placed Manchester City trimmed to four points over the weekend, host Newcastle on Wednesday and then face West Bromwich Albion before travelling to Wigan on Jan 1.

With such a hectic schedule, Vidic, who made his first start after three months out with a knee problem in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Swansea, knows it will be a major bonus to have a healthy squad.

Rio Ferdinand will be available again after being rested for the trip to Swansea, while Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa is set to return to training this week following a knee problem.