PHOTO: £50m Manchester United target Kevin Strootman finally returns to training for Roma

Manchester United target Kevin Strootman is back in training for Roma after a serious knee injury.

Kevin Strootman has returned to first team training with Roma after a long injury absence.

The Dutchman missed the end of the Serie A season and the World Cup after a cruciate knee ligament tear early in 2014.

He had been in sensational form after a summer switch from PSV, showing Manchester United why they were wrong to pass on signing him.

The Red Devils have been subsequently linked with him despite his injury lay-off, mainly due to how highly new manager Louis van Gaal rates a player who was a regular in his Holland side.

Strootman used his own Twitter account to add: "Great feeling to be back in training with the team."

He has previously not been scheduled to return to action until December, and Roma are unlikely to rush him, such is his importance to their success.

Having him back can give their Serie A title push an added spark as they look to overcome Juventus, and it's likely they intend to get at least the season out of him before even considering cashing in on his services.

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