Robin van Persie could make his comeback for Manchester United against Everton on Wednesday after missing three games with a calf injury.
The United top scorer “has a chance” of featuring, according to manager David Moyes, who faces his former club for the first time since leaving Goodison Park for Old Trafford in the summer.
Van Persie has not played since scoring the winner against his old club Arsenal at the start of November and also missed both of Netherlands’ games during the international break, but Moyes said: “Robin is OK. He has a chance of playing.”
United are certain to be without the versatile Phil Jones, who serves a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the domestic season in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Tottenham.
With Michael Carrick still injured, 40-year-old Ryan Giggs and former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini are the likely candidates to replace Jones in the midfield while right-back Rafael da Silva, who was an unused substitute at White Hart Lane, is in contention for his first appearance in over a month.
Moyes is hopeful his side will continue their recent upturn in form on Wednesday.
He said: "The job is to keep it going, keep winning and keep on a good run of form. We've done that but as I've repeated myself many times, we let in a late goal at Cardiff which turned what would have been a really good week into one that wasn't quite as good as we would have liked.
"But we still drew two games and won one last week. We'd like that to be a better ratio but nevertheless it's not a bad one either."