Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson hopes to have veteran goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar available against Burnley this weekend.
The 39-year-old has not played a first-team game since mid-November when he injured a knee against Everton and more recently has been caring for his wife Annemarie, who suffered a stroke just before Christmas.
However, she has now recovered and van der Sar has been able to spend the last week training with the rest of the United squad in Qatar.
Ferguson said: "Edwin's come back to training and has done very well.
"He's been out for a few weeks and it's great to see him back. He'll give us so much experience when he eventually does come back, which is important to us.
"It depends how Edwin feels but he's been training very well. Rio Ferdinand and Owen Hargreaves also took part in some work and Rio in particular isn't too far away now."
Meanwhile, record signing Dimitar Berbatov would prefer to have an exploratory operation on a lingering knee problem at the end of the season.
"Dimitar doesn't want an operation," added Ferguson. "Sometimes he feels the injury, other times he doesn't.
"It might have been the warmer climes but he didn't feel it at all in Qatar last week. We're just keeping an eye on it at present."