Old Trafford veteran in latest comeback from injury.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will be thrust back into action against Stoke City on Saturday.
The Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson will call upon the 32-year-old to solve a defensive crisis and add some much needed experience.
The England international has started only two of five Premier League matches for the champions this season and missed last weekend’s 3-1 win against Chelsea with a calf strain.
The emergence of youngsters Phil Jones and Chris Smalling had threatened his starting place.
But with Smalling doubtful for the Saturday’s clash with a groin problem, Ferdinand should step back in for the Premier League leaders.
Trips to Stoke are notoriously tough with Tony Pulis’ players providing robust, physical opposition.
Although the Reds have won on every trip to the Britannia since Stoke were reinstated to the top flight in 2008, no victory has come easy.
“I’m hoping Rio will be okay for Saturday,” Ferguson told the club’s website. “When you go to Stoke you need a bit of experience.
“Rio came into the team when we played at Bolton and gave us that experience, so we hope he’ll be fit for Saturday.”