Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is set to report for pre-season training early in an effort to shake-off injury worries.
The Serbian missed the second half of the season following a cruiciate knee ligament injury sustained against Basel in the Champions League in December.
The injury was thought to rule him out around 8 months, but according to Goal.com, the 30 year-old's recovery means he will be able to report for pre-season training early in a bid to regain full fitness.
The rest of the Manchester United squad are due to meet at the club's training ground at the beginning of July, by which time Vidic will hopefully be fit enough to take part in training drills.
It has been suggested that he may be ready for United's season opener against Everton on August 18, although Sir Alex Ferguson and the club's medical team will be wary of him doing further damage if the knee is not strong enough.
Vidic was sorely missed at the heart of the United's defence as they failed to defend their Premier League crown, with neighbours Manchester City pipping the title on goal-difference on the final day of the season.