Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva could return to action at Villa Park against Aston Villa on Saturday, according to the Express.
The full-back has been out on the sidelines for the long term since picking up a groin injury against Premier League leaders Chelsea on October 26, but now looks to be in contention for this weekend's Premier League schedule.
This will come as a major boost to fans of the Red Devils, with the club finally starting to get a number of their first-team players back on the pitch after a number of injury problems throughout the campaign so far.
Rafael, of course, has been a key member of the United squad for a number of years, and will now be hoping to establish himself under Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.
He certainly appears to be ready for the clash on Saturday as he posted a recovery photo on Instagram with his teammates David de Gea and Juan Mata. De Gea and Mata, much like Rafael, will also be looking to play a key role on Saturday as they go in search of continuing their fine form for the Red Devils.
Without the Brazilian, though, Manchester United have been in formidable form after picking up their sixth straight victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford this past weekend.
And, with Ecuadorian Antonio Valencia starring at wing-back for the Red Devils, it won't be easy for Rafael to reclaim a place in the starting XI under Van Gaal. There's no doubt about it, Valencia will be hoping to keep his place in the side after impressing against Liverpool last Sunday.
Rafael, meanwhile, may not be the only Manchester United player set to return on Saturday, with Argentine superstar Angel di Maria also likely to feature for the Red Devils.
His international teammate Marcos Rojo is another player who could make a comeback, as Louis van Gaal has a number of options at his disposal as his side go in search of another win.
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