News of Nani’s possible return from injury for tomorrow’s Champions League clash between Manchester United and French outfit Marseille has reportedly boosted United's confidence in securing the win.
Heading into the second leg with a 0-0 draw, United need to win to book a place in the Champions League quarters, and with Nani only in his second week of recovery after sustaining a deep gash to his leg, it was assumed he wouldn’t be part of the United squad that will take on Marseille at Old Trafford tomorrow night.
While Nani was expected to be out for three to four weeks with the injury, the Manchester United medical team were also concerned about the gash becoming infected, which could have ruled the winger out for the rest of the season.
Nani was carried off on a stretcher during Manchester United’s derby with Liverpool after a rough tackle from Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, looking visibly distressed and leaving Sir Alex Ferguson with a growing injury list for the top flight side.
And with Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher in doubt for the Champions League tie, and the Barclays Premier League title race to concentrate on come Saturday, Nani will be a very welcome addition to United.
"Nani has had the stitches removed and has a chance for Tuesday," Sir Alex Ferguson told the Manchester Evening News last night. "He's done some work on the bike, but the problem is that he hasn't trained yet.”
Nani's attendance at training this morning will give weight to speculation that he will indeed be playing tomorrow night.
And in more news which will no doubt excite United fans, striker Michael Owen also featured in the Monday morning training group. Owen has been out of action since an FA Cup tie with Southampton in late January.