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Robin van Persie to return for United

November 1, 2013
By Richard Jolly

David Moyes has confirmed that Robin van Persie is able to return for Manchester United when they visit Fulham on Saturday and said Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are also fit.

Robin van Persie
PA PhotosRobin van Persie missed the recent victories over Real Sociedad and Norwich City.

Payne: Van Persie toes the line

However, the Premier League champions will still be without Danny Welbeck, who has missed their last three games with a knee injury.

Van Persie, who has had groin and toe problems, was rested for the victories over Real Sociedad and Norwich as precautionary measures, but Moyes is convinced United’s eight-goal top scorer will be available to lead the line against Martin Jol’s side.

He said: "Van Persie has been fine. He's trained well and worked quite well this week so hopefully he will be okay.

“Welbeck has had a bit of fluid on his knee. He's trained for a few days this week so he's certainly getting much closer to match fitness but won't travel to Fulham this weekend.”

Defenders Ferdinand and Vidic both made their comebacks after spells on the sidelines in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Norwich.

Ferdinand had missed the previous five matches and Vidic the previous three and Moyes said they came through the Capital One Cup tie unscathed.

He added: “I think both are very close to full fitness. They showed that in midweek when playing Premier League opposition. They both played for 90 minutes so I can't see any reason why they wouldn't be ready to be selected or involved.”

Moyes also revealed that midfielder Darren Fletcher is making good progress as he bids to return from a debilitating bowel condition.

Fletcher has had little involvement since being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in December 2011, and a previous comeback had to be aborted as he had surgery in January.

However, the Scotland midfielder played over an hour for the under-21 side on Monday -- his first United appearance at any level for 10 months - and Moyes said: “It is great to get Darren back.

“It was the first time he pulled on a jersey in a competitive reserve league game [since the operation] and we're really pleased. We will bring him along, his training is coming along well, but we don't want to do anything that might give him a setback.

“It is a sort of steady, slow grind for him just now, but we are pleased and hope to involve him in the upcoming reserve games in the weeks to come, if he continues to do as well as he is doing now.”

He added: “I think with the nature of his illness, everyone should be hoping he comes back. It is the sort of thing that, whatever walk of life you are in, you want to see people make recoveries from illness or other things that are wrong with them.

“Darren has shown that with the right medical treatment, by looking after yourself and doing the right training you can get back to where you were.”

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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