Manchester United have been given a further injury boost after young striker Will Keane scored on his long-awaited return to action.
Following the news that Darren Fletcher has returned to first-team training at United's Carrington HQ, David Moyes looks set to welcome Keane back into the fold too.
Keane’s story has painted a bleak picture for the last 16 months. Revered as one of England’s finest young forwards, he suffered a gut-wrenching cruciate knee ligament injury while representing England in May 2012.
Keane, whose twin brother Michael has impressed at centre-half, won the club’s young Player of the Year award in 2010 and appeared in the Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson towards the end of 2011.
There is nothing more cruel in football than a young player of high potential seeing their career endangered by injury and United staff will have been encouraged by Keane’s performance - marked with a goal - as he takes his first baby steps on the road to resurrecting his ambitions to become a first-team regular at Old Trafford.
As United under-21s went up against their Bolton counterparts, they had to come from behind to beat their Greater Manchester neighbours, with Keane stealing the show.
Bolton took the lead after 39 minutes when Conor Wilkinson fired home with a great left-footed strike. That came after the Championship outfit had already spurned a golden chance to take the lead - Tom Youngs missing from the spot for Wanderers after 20 minutes.
Keane restored parity with his first goal since injury on the stroke of half-time, with Jesse Lingard putting United ahead and skipper Tom Thorpe extending their lead further.
Lingard scored his second to wrap things up five minutes from time, but it's Keane's return to action - and goalscoring form - that will leave United feeling particularly positive.