There is a chance Jonny Evans may be fit in time for Manchester United’s clash with Fulham.
The Northern Ireland international’s return would provide a huge boost to the 19 time league champions who have only one fit senior centre half in Nemanja Vidic.
United’s defensive issues were exposed badly in their Premier League opener at Goodison Park. The only goal in the game was a direct product of an aerial mismatch between make-shift centre-half Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini.
The United team that succumbed to 1-0 defeat on Merseyside saw two specialist midfielders in Antonio Valencia and Carrick deployed in defence.
Evans is recovering from ankle surgery and has been training with the first team for the past ten days after missing pre-season.
Rio Ferdinand remains absent with a groin injury, Phil Jones is still out with a back problem and Chris Smalling is still absent with a foot injury which needed surgery and was responsible for him missing the European Championships.