Manchester United have reportedly received a double injury boost following the return of Marcos Rojo for training and Jonny Evans coming off unscathed following a reserves game against Blackburn Rovers.
According to Goal, the Argentine defender, who was carried off with a dislocated shoulder during the clash against Manchester City, was expected to be out for over six weeks. However, he has returned to training ahead of schedule.
The report claims that the former Sporting Lisbon defender could be ready in a fortnight's time when United travel to St Mary's to take on the high flying Southampton.
Jonny Evans also is close to returning to first-team action after he completed over an hour in a reserve fixture between the Red Devils and Blackburn Rovers, which the Old Trafford team comfortably won 5-0. The Northern Irishman has been out since picking up an injury against Leicester City in September.
This will be a big relief for Louis van Gaal, who has had to resort to fielding youngsters Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett in the absence of the first-choice defenders.
Apart from Rojo and Evans, midfielder Ander Herrera also completed 90 minutes against Blackburn on his return to full fitness from a rib injury he picked up against West Ham United. The Spaniard has struggled to get regular time following the arrival of Marouane Fellaini into the first team.
The Dutchman still has a lengthy injury list, and is awaiting the return of star striker Radamel Falcao, while missing Daley Blind, who picked up a knee injury on international duty.
Recent reports revealed that full-back Luke Shaw is also set to be sidelined for at least three weeks after limping out during the game against Arsenal on Saturday.