Robin van Persie was expected to be out of action for the rest of the season with a knee injury, but the Manchester United striker could be back as early as this weekend.
The 30-year-old has been recuperating from his problem that he picked up last month against Olympiacos in the Champions League and was in his native Netherlands for treatment.
However, just days after the sacking of David Moyes as the United manager, the former Arsenal forward was back in England and has already resumed training.
There are suggestions that Van Persie could play some role in United’s Premier League clash against Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday, although interim manager Ryan Giggs has refused to give a definitive answer.
‘We’ll just have to wait and see how he goes this week’, the Daily Mail quotes the 40-year-old as saying. ‘He came back last Friday and he trained well. He just needs to work on his fitness now so, yeah, he looked great'.
Giggs’ first game in charge of the Red Devils against Norwich City last Saturday ended in a comprehensive 4-0 victory, with Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata scoring twice each.
The former Wales international winger will certainly be buzzing now that Van Persie appears to be on the mend and could play a role in United’s quest to end the 2013-14 season with four successive league wins.
Van Persie was reported to be one of the players who was not happy with Moyes’ management style and had fallen out with him. There were also suggestions that the former Feyenoord man was willing to leave Old Trafford if Moyes were to continue next season.
The Dutch striker’s return to training almost immediately after the sacking of Moyes and news of him being closer to match fitness than originally expected is certainly going to raise some eyebrows.