Manchester United have received a boost with defensive midfielder Daley Blind returning to training after a knee injury, Daily Star reports.
The Netherlands international damaged ligaments in his knee while on international duty against Latvia last month, and was expected to be unable to train until January.
However the 24-year-old has recovered quicker than expected, and while in with a shout to play against Newcastle United on Friday, Blind is likely to still be sidelined by manager Louis van Gaal.
The Dutch Player of the Year was signed by United during the summer for £14million from Ajax after an impressing in the World Cup, in which the Netherlands finished a respectable third.
At the time Van Gaal was managing the Dutch squad, and once he arrived to Old Trafford pushed the Red Devils hierarchy to purchase Blind.
The Ajax starlet impressed immediately on his debut, and has been a mainstay in the side until his injury.
But Blind is now ready to return after tweeting a picture of his boots with the caption: “The football boots are back! Started training outside again, great feeling!”
— Daley Blind (@BlindDaley) December 23, 2014