Manchester United have been handed a boost with the news Michael Owen could be back in time for the busy festive period.
Owen has been out of action since October after suffering a hamstring problem in training.
The former Liverpool striker is back in training and although he will not be fit for this weekend's trip to Blackpool, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson expects the striker to be available in a couple of weeks.
"He is doing very well," Ferguson told MUTV. "He took part in the football side of it yesterday.
"I would say he's two weeks away [from playing]. We need to make sure he does a good stint of football training before we bring him into the games."
However, midfielder Owen Hargreaves is no nearer a return from his latest injury.
Hargreaves, who has struggled with knee problems over the last two years, made a shock return against Wolves last month only to then sustain a hamstring injury.
Ferguson has admitted the England international is still a way off returning to the fold.
"It's a bad blow for the lad and it's hard to take, given the length of time he's been out and the amount of football he's missed," added Ferguson.