Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a knee injury and could return before the end of the season, according to reports.
Vidic suffered cruciate ligament damage in United's Champions League defeat at Basel in December and had to undergo surgery on his right knee.
The Serbia defender was initially ruled out for 12 months but, according to the Daily Mail, Vidic is making rapid progress as he works on his fitness and is putting significant weight back on his knee during his rehabilitation sessions.
Speaking last month, Vidic said: "Everything is going well. It's progressing in the right way. I have the motivation to work hard and I want to be back as soon as possible."
If the 30-year-old is to return for the final weeks of the Premier League season, the centre-back could possibly feature in the Manchester derby against City on April 28.