Luke Shaw has resumed training and handed Jose Mourinho a welcome boost ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Manchester City.
Shaw was last week sent back early from England duty after complaining of discomfort in his leg, but has been able to perform light jogging duties in the last 24 hours.
It’s understood the player has also undergone a series of strength and responsive tests with the club’s Carrington medical staff.
United insiders state Mourinho will now take a closer look at training on Thursday before deciding whether to include him in Friday’s final first-team session.
Shaw is desperate to feature in his first Manchester derby following the horror leg break he sustained playing against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League 12 months ago.
United’s staff won’t take any unnecessary risks although they did expect Shaw to still experience some discomfort and fatigue at this stage after such a long time out.
If Shaw is held back from facing Pep Guardiola’s team, United are likely to recall defender Chris Smalling and move Eric Bailly over to the left-back position.