United target could make comeback against Manchester City, after nine months out

Kevin Strootman should be available for the game with Manchester City in December, after nine months out with a knee problem.

Manchester United have already invested heavily in the club for the current season, but in January that is expected to continue with defensive and midfield reinforcements again a priority.

One name that continually gets linked with the club is that of Dutch international Kevin Strootman.

Louis van Gaal is a big fan of his countryman, who would have been at the World Cup this summer were it not for a terrible knee injury.

Strootman tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a game for Roma against Parma back in April and has not played since. But he is currently stepping up his recuperation, and the transfer target should be back in time to face United's bitter rivals Manchester City.

Roma and City went head-to-head last night in the Champions League in Manchester - drawing the game 1-1.

But when they face off in December in Rome Strootman might be able to make some friends at United by downing their 'noisy neighbours'.

Rudi Garcia confirmed he should be available when answering questions on Manchester United's interest in the player:

"But the intention of the club is very clear. Strootman is an important talent for us. I want to have him available for the home match against City [10 December], which will be crucial.

"He is a midfielder of the highest level and we are waiting for him to return. We hope to have him back soon."

Strootman has recently changed agents to work with Robin van Persie's adviser Kes Vos - who was reportedly told United must pay £60 million for the player - who Sir Alex Ferguson was also a fan of during his time in charge at Old Trafford.

And they will be able to see how if his knee injury has diminished his quality after what will be nine months out of action when he is back in action.

If not, Ed Woodward can begin preparing the chequebook.

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