Rio Ferdinand makes his comeback to action tonight when he plays for United reserves against Oldham Athletic. The game takes place at Stalybridge and it will be the first action Ferdinand has seen since his freak injury picked up while training for the England side in South Africa. Sir Alex Ferguson had stated that the 31-year-old would not be fit to return until the end of September. But on Friday Sir revealed in a press conference that the defender had made a faster than expected recovery. The Oldham match represents a suitable opportunity and if Ferdinand does come through unscathed he is expected to come into contention for a first-team comeback at Everton on September 11.