Heinze nears United return
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Man Utd could welcome back Gabriel Heinze to their starting line-up this season.
Manchester United could very well welcome back Gabriel Heinze to their starting line-up this season.
Heinze has been recovering well from his knee ligament injury, but Sir Alex Ferguson has been keen not to rush him back to action.
The Argentine is desperate to make the World Cup finals and United number two Carlos Queiroz has admitted Heinze could soon return.
"Everything is going fantastically for Gaby so far and hopefully, in four to six weeks, he will be fit," said Queiroz.
"He is not training with the team yet, just following his individual recovery preparation, but he is doing well.
"We will not rush him, just follow the recovery process week after week but we still hope he could play again before the end of the season."
Queiroz insists that Heinze will not be allowed to hurry back just to make it to Germany.
"The most important thing in all this is the player and whether he is totally recovered and ready to play," he said.
"The final decision to give him clearance should be made by us and the Argentine medical staff."
Queiroz also reported back that Alan Smith's rehabilitation from his broken leg could soon begin.
"Alan will have another operation to remove the pin next week and then he can start the next stage on his recovery process," confirmed Queiroz.
"He is able to work in the gym now and compliment his preparation with other exercises."