Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney could return from his ankle injury in Saturday's home game against Wigan.
The 25-year-old was initially expected to be out until late November and went to the United States for a week's intensive conditioning on the problem.
But he is set to return to full training this week as he nears a return after almost a month out.
"Will he play? We will have a look and then build towards next weekend," said assistant manager Mike Phelan.
"Wayne has trained very well and we will assess him during the week.
"The exercise that we have put in place for him has worked well."
Rooney, who has been struggling for form since last summer's World Cup, last played for the club on 16 October, coming on as a late substitute in the 2-2 draw against West Brom.
He picked up the ankle problem in training on 19 October ahead of the home Champions League group game against Bursaspor.
Since then, the England striker has been under intense scrutiny, first announcing he wanted to leave Old Trafford but then agreeing a new five-year multi-million pound contract at the club two days later.
But with United struggling away from home, they will hope that his return will help them to turn draws into victories.
Saturday's 2-2 draw at Aston Villa, where they came from two goals down, maintained their unbeaten record but was the sixth time in seven away league games that they have shared the spoils this season.
Rooney has only scored twice in his last 21 appearances for club and country and United will hope that, with their other strikers struggling for goals in recent weeks, he recovers the form that saw him score 34 times for them last season.
After scoring seven times in his first six games of the season, Dimitar Berbatov has gone nine without scoring while Mexican Javier Hernandez last scored five games ago.
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