Matteo Darmian
Darmian collided with Sunderland's Khazri, leading to his shoulder injury.Getty

Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian says he is returning to training for the first time since dislocating his shoulder. Darmian, 26, suffered the injury in the 2-1 defeat to Sunderland on Saturday 13 February following a heavy collision with Wahbi Khazr at the Stadium of Light.

Louis van Gaal revealed after the match the Italy international would be unavailable for "several weeks" as a result of the knock, just one in a string of recent injury blows.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who only made his first-team debut for the club in December, has been the club's most senior option at full-back in recent weeks, with Under-21 regulars Donald Love and Joe Riley called into fill the void as the likes of Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Luke Shaw all still unavailable.

But Darmian would appear to be making quick progress in his bid to return to the first team.

United navigated their way past League One side Shrewsbury Town in an FA Cup fifth-round win on Monday 22 February, despite a 13-man injury list that included key figures David de Gea, Wayne Rooney and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

That list lengthened by the end of the match, however, with Jesse Lingard and Borthwick-Jackson picking up knocks in the 3-0 victory.

Will Keane, who has enjoyed a hugely impressive spell for the club's Under-21 ranks since returning to the club from a loan spell at Preston North End, has also joined that injury list. After coming off the bench on Monday, the 23-year-old struck the post for his side, suffering a groin injury in the process that forced him off the pitch.

On the road back to training!! - @manchesterunited

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