Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that first-team duo Ander Herrera and Adnan Januzaj have returned to training ahead of Thursday's Premier League showdown with Stoke City at the Britannia stadium, reports the Mirror.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Red Devils boss has revealed that the duo - who have both missed the club's clashes over the festive period - are now back involved in the first-team setup.
Spaniard Herrera has missed United's last few matches with a muscle injury, whilst Januzaj has been on the sidelines with an illness, but it remains to be seen as to whether they will prove their full fitness in time for the New Year's Day clash.
Speaking to reporters about the duo, the Manchester United chief said: "Herrera trained today for the first time with us.
"Januzaj has also trained two training sessions with us, but he was ill and you have to recover from your illness, not from your tiredness.
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"Maybe it’s worse to recover from illness."
Without the duo, Manchester United have been in fine form of late, despite being held to a goalless draw in their last outing against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
In fact, the Red Devils have now gone nine league games unbeaten, but will be desperate to return to winning ways against Stoke this week.
With the second half of the season now imminent, fans of Manchester United will now be hoping the club's injury problems ease over the coming months.
The United manager was able to name the same starting XI for consecutive matches for the first time since taking over at Old Trafford in the summer, and will now be hoping to have his key men available as his side go in search of success this season.
There's no doubt about it, the return of Januzaj and Herrera will only help the Red Devils over the coming weeks, but both players will be desperate to kick on after disappointing seasons so far.
Januzaj, who enjoyed a remarkable debut campaign with the first-team last season, has failed to prove himself under Van Gaal so far, whilst Herrera has failed to maintain his fitness throughout the course of the campaign.