Wayne Rooney could make his return from injury in Manchester United’s FA Cup replay with West Ham next week.
Sir Alex Ferguson claimed last Friday that Rooney would need another two weeks to recover fully from the knee injury he suffered in training on Christmas Day.
Fergie’s timetable gives the England star an outside chance of being involved in the replay with the Hammers at Old Trafford tomorrow week.
Ferguson will want to rotate his squad after Sunday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool and Rooney may make the bench.
Rooney tweaked his knee ligaments during shooting practice at Carrington and he is taking longer than first expected to recover.
His comeback, though, may be delayed by the death of his sister-in-law Rosie McLoughlin.
The teenager, who was his wife Coleen’s sister, died at the weekend from the rare genetic condition Rett Syndrome.
United will give Rooney all the time he feels he needs away from the club to comfort Coleen and the rest of the family.