Strootman headed for October return, will he return to United radar?

Jedvaj Hazard Strootman

As Manchester United's chances of signing Arturo Vidal are dealt a blow, Roma midfield star Kevin Strootman is recovering from injury quicker than expected.

Louis van Gaal knows all about the talent of Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman and the latest setback in Manchester United's attempts to land Arturo Vidal could see him return to the shopping list.

Strootman shone in the first half of Roma's 2013-14 campaign and was one of the major reasons the capital club were able to put together a record-breaking start to the season.

But a knee injury sustained in March ended Strootman's season prematurely and ruled him out of taking part in the World Cup.

It also appeared to stop Manchester United's courting of the star silencing rumours of a £30 million move.

Strootman underwent surgery in March to repair his knee and has made a quicker recovery than expected with La Gazzetta dello Sport suggesting he could be back in action by October.

Roma have their first pre-season meeting today at their Trigoria training ground at 9.30am which will see new man Ashley Cole meet his teammates for the first time.

While Strootman won't be training with the rest of the squad yet, it is reported that he is already able to jog and will be undertaking a personalised schedule of exercises and physiotherapy to continue his recovery.

While Manchester United were unlikely to gamble on a player who would be sidelined until 2015, as was first feared, they may be more tempted now that Strootman should be up and running in the Autumn.

However, Strootman has stressed his happiness at the way Roma have treated him during his injury and he clearly feels very loyal to the Lupi.

The player's agent has always denied a move is possible and insisted that Strootman is looking forward to leading Roma's Champions League charge, but that could be changed should a major club arrive with £30 million in hand.

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