Manchester United star Wayne Rooney is set to make his return this week as he prepares to feature for the Under-21 squad, Express reports.
The 30-year-old has been sidelined for about two months after damaging his knee ligaments, but could now be in contention ahead of his team’s FA Cup quarter-final replay against West Ham United.
Manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that the striker will feature for the reserve side against Middlesbrough and will reevaluate his condition after 60 minutes.
”He shall play Monday 60 minutes and we can see how he is doing,” he said.
“He is more than two months out of the game. He’s a great striker but he has to show that if he is in a certain shape, it’s always like that.”
The club have suffered a host of injury problems to their senior players as Van Gaal has been forced to call up multiple members from the academy to fill the vacant roles.
With Rooney set to make his return, it will be seen as a huge boost for the Dutchman as United continue their chase for a top four spot.
Following their recent 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, the Red Devils now find themselves four points behind fourth place side Manchester City with only six matches left to be played.