Manchester United centre back Jonny Evans is ready to make his return to action during the reserves game against Blackburn Rovers in the Lancashire Senior Cup on Tuesday 25 November, the club confirmed.
The Northern Ireland defender suffered an injury during the 5-3 defeat against Leicester City on 21 September and has since missed the last seven Premier League games.
Evans was expected to return for the game against Arsenal at the weekend but he was left out of the squad, with manager Louis van Gaal using youngsters Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett alongside Chris Smalling in the back line.
However, the club have now confirmed Evans "could make his return from injury as Manchester United's Reserves face Blackburn Rovers".
It is also expect the Northern Ireland international will be ready for the next Premier League game against Hull City on Saturday 29 November – after back-to-back victories against Crystal Palace and the Gunners.
"The defender is set to be handed a run-out, according to manager Louis van Gaal, which might mean a rest for fellow countryman Paddy McNair after his first-team exertions," Manchester United confirmed through the club's official website.
Meanwhile, the club are yet to make an update on Luke Shaw's latest injury after the English international was withdrawn 16 minutes into the game against Arsenal with an ankle injury.
United have suggested he will miss the Hull game, claiming Van Gaal may test youngster Reece James with the reserves on Tuesday "as he may be viewed as obvious cover for Luke Shaw".
The Colombian international has missed United's last four games due to a calf problem and was expected to also miss the clash with Hull. However, the striker could have an early return after taking a part in a full training session over the weekend.