Robin van Persie is receiving treatment in his native Netherlands as Manchester United manager David Moyes looks to give opportunities to Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez.
With Wayne Rooney out of Saturday's clash at Newcastle United, the Reds will be missing both leading goalscorers on Tyneside but van Persie is on the mend and should return before the end of the season.
Although the Dutchman will hope to be a key figure for his country in the World Cup finals, Moyes has stressed that will not be a factor in delaying any comeback from a knee problem.
"Robin is over in Holland having treatment," revealed Moyes. "We get a daily update on how Robin is and he’s getting better. Time is healing it as well and he’s doing a lot of rehabilitation work and recovery back there.
"He’s coming on, as far as we know. I still see it as four to six weeks from when he got the injury. That was what we were told from the doctors and there’s not been any reason why it would be any more time or less time. But we’ll monitor that.
"My hope was we’d get him back before the end of the season for sure. I think the big thing is we will be medically led. If he’s not right, we certainly wouldn’t bring him back too soon. We’ll be totally led by the medical team and Robin. He’s a good judge of how his body feels and how we’ve tried to deal with Robin all through the season is we have given him the understanding that