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The Red Devils defender was expected to be out long-term after picking up a hamstring injury against West Brom, but he has made a quick recovery to be in contention this week

Rio Ferdinand could make a surprise return to the Manchester United squad after a speedy recovery from his hamstring injury, according to The Sun.

The England international picked up the knock in the Red Devils' win over West Brom on Sunday and was expected to be out for as much as 10 weeks.

However, his recovery has progressed with unexpected haste and he is now in contention for a place in the side to face Tottenham at Old Trafford on Monday night.

The news also comes as a boost to England boss Fabio Capello, who is looking to the crucial Euro 2012 qualifiers in September.

News on Ferdinand's central defensive partner Nemanja Vidic is not as good for boss Sir Alex Ferguson, however, and the Serbian, who picked up a groin injury in the season opener, is now expected to be sidelined for six weeks.