Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed that striker Robin Van Persie is in line to return to the first team for the clash against Stoke City this weekend.
The Dutch international forward missed the Red Devils’ 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad in midweek, with Wayne Rooney impressing in the absence of the 30-year-old.
However, the former Arsenal star appears to have recovered from his toe and groin problems in time for this weekend’s Premier League outing, with the boss confident he can play a part against the Potters.
"Robin has a good chance. He's had problems with his toes and a little bit with his groin as well, but I think he should be OK. He’s had a little bit of training as well,” said the Scot during his pre-match press conference.
“Everybody’s improving and the only one who’s a doubt at the moment is Danny Welbeck, who has some fluid on his knee. Tom Cleverley is still recovering from his calf but overall we're pretty strong."
The former Everton boss was also quizzed on the fitness of Marouane Fellaini, with his big-name summer signing struggling with a wrist injury.
The Belgian international is expected to need an operation at some stage this season, but is putting it off to continue featuring at Old Trafford.
"It's never easy when you have an injury that needs something doing to it. People who play football will tell you that you use your hands and arms quite a lot for balance and pushing off, so it can be awkward when you’ve got an injury,” added Moyes.
“But he is fine, he’s getting used to it now and hopefully he can play even in the condition he’s in."
Manchester United are looking to build on a relatively disappointing start to the season, and currently sit eighth in the table – eight points off leaders Arsenal.