Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba could make a shock appearance when United play visitors to Middlesbrough on Friday.
Pogba last featured for Man United in November against Atalanta in the Champions League.
The World Cup winner suffered a thigh injury while out on international duty with France.
Manchester United were forced to maintain consistency without their most expensive signing in the team.
Though Ralf Rangnick said earlier last month that it could take Pogba extra four weeks before he’s fully fit for action, reports are suggesting that the Frenchman could make a shock return to the squad in time for the Middlesbrough FA Cup fourth round clash.
According to Daily Mail journalist Sami Mokbel, Paul Pogba is ‘closing in’ on a Manchester United return.
The journalist confirms that Man United staff will make a late decision on whether the 28-year-old will be in contention to feature against Middlesbrough as they take a cautious approach to his return from a long term thigh injury.
The France midfielder has since returned to light training before the international break and was part of the squad that trained this week.
“As far as I know, I was told a week ago, it would be a minimum of at least another four or five weeks before he [Paul Pogba] is fit for training again,” Rangnick told MU ahead of the clash at Aston Villa.
“It’s one thing to be training fit but, on the other hand, he [Pogba] needs to be fit for the match and competition in either the Premier League or the Champions League and this will still take some time.”