Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is hopeful of being fit for the start of the 2012-13 season.
Vidic, 30, has been sidelined since December after damaging knee ligaments which ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign.
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson recently confirmed he does not expect the Serbian to be ready for the club's pre-season tour, but Vidic is positive about his recovery.
He said in the Sun: "I can now run and do some things on the pitch which is better for me psychologically because for the last four months it's been every day in the gym, which is hard.
"But the worst part is behind me. I can look forward to the second half of the rehabilitation and work more on my fitness. Hopefully, I'll be fit for the big kick-off."