Comeback date tipped for £40m Manchester United target Kevin Strootman

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Manchester United transfer target Kevin Strootman could return for Roma in just a fortnight.

Kevin Strootman's recovery from a serious knee injury is progressing well and the midfielder is ahead of schedule.

Originally tipped to return in December, Strootman is already back in first team training and the Dutchman is making positive steps.

Football Italia report that Italian newspaper Il Messaggero believe a provisional return date has been set for the midfielder, in only a fortnight's time.

"Strootman is progressing better than expected, and could take a place on the bench when Torino visit the Olimpico on November 9."

With Roma reeling from a depressing 7-1 home defeat to Bayern Munich, the good news about Strootman is most welcome, although they will need to be careful not to rush him back.

If Strootman can make an early return, it will give their Champions League qualification hopes a welcome shot in the arm ahead of the final two games with CSKA Moscow and Manchester City. 

The former PSV star is a transfer target for Manchester United, and his early return can work in their favour when assessing their transfer plans.

They will get more of a look at his fitness, form, and importance to Roma, before deciding whether to launch a big bid for his services or delay doing so until next summer.

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