Long-term injury victim Owen Hargreaves will return to training next month, according to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The England international has been sidelined for almost a year after having surgery on both knees to solve his tendinitis problems, but finally appears to be closing in on a comeback.
Ferguson told United's official website: "We're in dialogue all the time with Owen and the physio who's conducting his rehabilitation in America.
"He'll come with Owen for a week for the changeover so we can jointly understand the treatment and rehabilitation he's been doing. That's straightforward.
"The difficulty is getting him back into football work. I say difficult because we've not seen him all this time. We're relying on information we get from the States.
"We're certain that his fitness work will be good, we just have to gauge the right time to bring him into football training. You don't have a player out for a year and then just throw him straight into the fire.
"The important thing is to get him back playing to his level, which is a very good level, because he'll be a great addition to us."