Rooney could be set for early United return against Tottenham

The Manchester United captain could return to face Spurs on Sunday almost two months since his last appearance for the club

Rooney could be set for early United return against Tottenham
Rooney could feature against Spurs on Sunday | Photo: Zimbio

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney could return to first team action as early as this weekend when United travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur.

Rooney has been out of action since United's 2-1 defeat to Sunderland on February 13 due to knee ligament damage, and could feature for the Reds' as they look to continue their fight for a Champions League spot come the end of the season. United are just one point behind local rivals Manchester City after two successive 1-0 wins over City and Everton either side of the international break, and face yet another tricky test this weekend.

Positive tests to dictate availability

The England international is due to have a scan this week, and if the results come back positive, it might be enough for United boss Louis van Gaal to include his skipper in the match-day squad. The United manager would welcome a return to the squad for Rooney due to the tough schedule on the horizon. After the meeting with Spurs, United face West Ham in the FA Cup replay with a potential semi-final against Everton if they can overcome Slaven Bilic's side.

The Manchester United skipper has scored 14 goals in all competitions this season, but was ommitted from the under-21 squad that drew 1-1 with Chelsea on Monday night, as the fixture was deemed to be too soon for the forward. The United reserves are next scheduled to play Middlesbrough in a week's time and if Rooney fails to make the match-day squad against Spurs, this could be his comeback game.

Rooney is on the verge of becoming Manchester United's all time record goalscorer - a record that Sir Bobby Charlton currently holds and before his injury went on a run of scoring seven goals in as many games.

Herrera wants Rooney return

Rooney's Spanish teammate Ander Herrera believes that a return to the squad would give the team a huge boost ahead of a important few weeks for the club.

Talking about Rooney's scoring ability, Herrera noted that the Englishman is usually always the top scorer at the club, and says it is 'better for everyone' if he returns. 

Herrera is excited by Rooney's return (image via: sky)

Herrera also believes Rooney's return will help other members of the squad including Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, who have performed excellently of recent times. 'Competition in the team is better for everyone' said Herrera who is desperate for United to push on and achieve their goals as the season comes towards a close.