Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar could make his comeback against Burnley on Saturday.
The 39-year-old Dutchman has not played for United since mid-November when he picked up a knee injury against Everton before his wife fell ill over Christmas.
Annemarie van Kesteren suffered a brain haemorrhage in December and Van der Sar left Old Trafford to return to Holland.
However, she has now recovered and, after spending a week training with his team-mates, the veteran shot-stopper is in contention for a return against the Clarets.
"Edwin has come back to training and has done very well," said manager Sir
"He has been out for a few weeks and it is great to see him back.
"He will give us so much experience when he eventually does come back, which is important to us."
The Red Devils have not been in the best of form in their last two games, drawing at Birmingham last weekend and losing at home to bitter rivals Leeds in the FA Cup the week before.
Tomasz Kuszczak has deputised in Van der Sar's absence but could drop to the bench if the experienced keeper returns to the starting XI.
Manager Ferguson also confirmed that long-term absentees Rio Ferdinand and Owen Hargreaves made progress in United's warm-weather training camp in Qatar.
"They both took part in some work and Rio in particular is not too far away now," he added.
Meanwhile, Bulgarian forward Dimitar Berbatov does not want to have exploratory surgery on a lingering knee injury, Ferguson revealed.
"Dimitar doesn't want an operation," he remarked. "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 are just keeping an eye on it at present."