Manchester United reserve-team boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Rio Ferdinand can be thrown straight into first-team action after the defender came through their second-string clash with Oldham.
It was the first time Ferdinand had been in action since he suffered a major knee ligament injury in a freak collision with Emile Heskey on the first day of World Cup training with England in South Africa.
However, it seems Ferdinand is now on track to face Everton at Goodison Park on September 11 after a typically stylish performance in the low-key arena of Bower Fold in Stalybridge.
And Solskjaer confirmed he is raring to go.
"There was no problem whatsoever," he said. "It was always planned that he would play 45 minutes. I am not sure he needs any more games. Rio is a naturally fit lad.
"Today was about distances and getting tighter to the ball. Now he is available for selection again."