Manchester United have been handed a timely boost ahead of the summer transfer window with the return to training of Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman.
The Holland international, who has been earmarked as a key target for the Red Devils according to the Daily Mirror, has started working towards his comeback after a three-month absence, reports TuttoMercatoWeb.
He has not kicked a ball in anger since the 1-1 draw at Fiorentina on January 25. His knee injury has sidelined him ever since but he has confirmed that tentative steps have been taken in training as he eyes a return to competitive action.
The 25-year-old, who has been restricted to only seven appearances this season, missed last summer’s World Cup with a similar problem.
United boss Louis van Gaal was the Dutch national coach at the time and had to do without one of his most important players, but still managed to guide them to the semi-finals.
Van Gaal will be lifted by the improvement in Strootman’s condition and is sure to monitor his progress in the coming weeks and months in the hope of him returning to optimum fitness levels ahead of a potential switch to Old Trafford.