Nemanja Vidic back in training

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will return to full training this week, The Sun reports.

The commanding Serb centre-half missed the majority of last season after picking up a cruciate ligament injury against Basel in the Champions League before the turn of the year.

United missed their leader at the centre of their defence, with the likes of Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones deputising.

After undergoing an operation the eastern European stopper has been in a strict rehabilitation program, and is said to have made excellent progress over the last couple of weeks.

Vidic can now run without any trouble or pain, and will start to get into more rigorous training this week.

A regime to increase the defender’s core strength has been drawn up, which will help Vidic to regain the ability of sharp movements and hopefully avoid another relapse of the injury.

United are set to start pre-season for 2012-13 on Monday, with the players who played in Euro 2012 to get a leave of absence after a packed summer of football.

By Gareth McKnight