Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Nemanja Vidic will "definitely" be fit to face Sunderland on Saturday.
The Serbia international has featured in just 11 games in 2012 after being hampered by knee injuries, and the Red Devils have conceded 23 goals in the Premier League already this season.
Reports had suggested Vidic may have made a comeback in Sunday's Manchester derby, but Sir Alex dismissed that notion as "crazy".
United won that match to go six points clear at the top of the table but have kept just three clean sheets in the English top flight this season, as they look to wrestle the title back off their neighbours Manchester City.
“It would have been crazy to play him against City, but against Sunderland - definitely. It’s a big bonus,” he told reporters.
“In the last 18 months he has only had 10 games or something - it is not many games that he has had.
“He is a battler, a real competitor, that uncompromising way of his. He likes defending, that’s what it is.”