Vukic return boosts Serbia & Montenegro

May 2, 2006

BELGRADE, May 2 (Reuters) - Partizan Belgrade midfielder Zvonimir Vukic is set to return to action on Wednesday after being sidelined for three months with a broken foot.

The Serbia and Montenegro international, who suffered a fracture in a friendly for his club during the winter break, has been named by Partizan's German manager Juergen Roeber as one of the substitutes for a league match with Obilic Belgrade.

'Zvonimir should make an appearance off the bench on Wednesday,' Roeber told reporters on Tuesday.

Vukic's return will be welcomed by Serbia and Montenegro manager Ilija Petkovic, who earlier said he hoped the attacking midfielder would recover in time for the June 9 - July 9 World Cup finals in Germany.

Vukic was one of the team's key players on the road to Germany and his return to full fitness would be a major boost with Galatasaray's Sasa Ilic figuring as the only present cover in his position.

Serbia and Montenegro open their group C campaign against The Netherlands in Leipzig on June 11. They meet twice world champions Argentina in Gelsenkirchen on June 16 and meet Ivory Coast in Munich on June 21.