Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is reportedly hoping to resume light training this week and has set his sights on a return to first-team action at the Etihad Stadium next weekend.
Rooney has been sidelined for the past week after suffering a nasty gash to his forehead following a clash in training with Phil Jones, which forced him out of United's defeat to Liverpool last weekend and England's latest World Cup qualifiers.
The United forward required 10 stitches to repair the head wound and was ruled out for around three weeks by club doctors, but is thought to have targeted a place in David Moyes' plans for the grudge match with Manchester City on September 22.
United will monitor Rooney's progress this week and are ready to allow him to resume light training later this week if his wound continues to heal properly, according to The Mirror.
Rooney has not trained for 10 days and was allowed to take a short break in Portugal with his family last week, with no chance of a return for this weekend's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
David Moyes has used Rooney in two of his first four fixtures as United boss, with a sole start coming in a 0-0 draw with Chelsea last month.
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