Robin van Persie returns to training ahead of Manchester derby

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has declared himself fit for this weekend's Manchester derby after returning to training today.

Manchester United face Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday and Van Persie took to Twitter to confirm his fitness.

The striker has been out since injuring his ankle in the club's loss to Swansea in mid-February, although the Dutchman's absence has coincided with an upturn in form for the Red Devils.

Nevertheless, the fact that Van Persie is back is a big boost for Louis van Gaal, who now can call on his top three striking options ahead of this weekend's huge game.

On Twitter he said: "Back to training with the group today. Was a great session. Happy to be fit and able to play again. Looking forward to my next game!"

Earlier last week van Gaal said the Dutch international striker may not be available for the City clash as he needs to build up his fitness.

In his absence Wayne Rooney has stepped up from a midfield role into his preferred position of striker and has been in excellent form as United have risen into the Premier League top four.

Rooney has 12 goals in the Premier League this season, including five in all competitions since van Persie was injured on February 21st in the 2-1 defeat to the Swans at the Liberty Stadium.

Rooney's form in front of goal means that van Persie faces a battle to win his place back, although he should slot straight in ahead of Radamel Falcao in the pecking order.

The Colombian international is still woefully out of form and has been relegated to a bench role despite van Persie's absence.

What do you think Manchester United fans - should van Persie start against Manchester City or is it better to ease him back to full fitness?

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