Wayne Rooney is set to make his Manchester United return this week after five weeks out of action with a hamstring injury.
The England football striker's comeback could be as soon as Fulham's midweek visit to Old Trafford.
Rooney has been absent since limping off after scoring an early winner in the 1-nil victory against Wigan on January 14th.
Although he was initially ruled out for three weeks, Manchester United staff had warned that his recovery may take longer.
Rooney also missed England's 2-nil friendly defeat against European champions Spain in which Aston Villa pair Emile Heskey and Gabriel Agbonlahor started up front.
United have put together seven consecutive wins in all competitions without the forward, progressing in both cups and moving from two points behind Liverpool in Premier League to two points clear of their rivals.