Rio Ferdinand will make his comeback for Manchester United reserves against Oldham on Wednesday night.
Ferdinand has been out of action since picking up a knee ligament injury on the eve of England’s World Cup campaign.
The 31-year-old defender missed the tournament in South Africa after being injured in the first training session at their Rustenburg base following a collision with Emile Heskey.
Sir Alex Ferguson expected to be without his influential central defender until the end of September but Ferdinand surprised the United boss with the speed of his recovery.
“Rio has trained this week,” he said last Friday. “He’s surprised me with his progress, it’s fantastic.”
Ferdinand made just 21 appearances for the Red Devils last season after struggling to shake off a troublesome back injury.
He will be joined in the United line-up for the second string game at Oldham by Wes Brown, Anderson and Federico Macheda, who are all also making their comebacks from injury.