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Man Utd hopeful of Vidic return

Nemanja Vidic
Manchester United will hope Vidic can return in time to face Chelsea

Sir Alex Ferguson may be boosted by the return of Nemanja Vidic for Manchester United's crunch Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday.

Defender Vidic missed the 0-0 draw with Barcelona on Tuesday after being taken to hospital with a stomach virus.

However, the 26-year-old Serb trained on Friday and is set to be passed fit.

Ferguson had initially thought that Vidic would be ruled out and said on Thursday: "He went 24, 36 hours without eating. He had severe stomach pains."

United are three points clear of Chelsea with three games remaining, but would effectively clinch the title if they win at Stamford Bridge, given their superior goal difference.

Ferguson said Vidic had remained under observation until late in the night on Tuesday.

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Vidic's situation improved on Wednesday but he was still not fit enough to play in the Champions League semi-final, first leg.

Ferguson said after the Barcelona match: "He's back at the hotel taking plenty of fluids and had some soup this afternoon.

"That's promising, so let's hope we can get him there on Saturday.

"He will be desperate to play and if we do get him there it will be a bonus to us."

In Vidic's absence, the manager opted for a successful pairing of Wes Brown and Rio Ferdinand in central defence.

United stayed in Barcelona on Thursday for a warm-weather training session before returning to Manchester ahead of the Chelsea match.


see also
Chelsea v Man Utd
24 Apr 08 |  Premier League
Ferguson focuses on title decider
25 Apr 08 |  Premier League
D-Day for title rivals
25 Apr 08 |  Premier League
Lampard will miss Man Utd clash
25 Apr 08 |  Chelsea
Barcelona 0-0 Man Utd
23 Apr 08 |  Europe
Vidic signs new Man Utd contract
08 Nov 07 |  Man Utd


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