Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is expected to return to training next week after over a month out with a groin problem.
Scholes has not played since the UEFA Champions League victory over Rangers in late November and met with a setback in his recovery.
The former England international has missed United's last six games and will also sit out the New Year's Day trip to West Bromwich Albion.
However, the 36-year-old could be in contention within the next week after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed he had ordered Scholes to rest the injury.
"Paul had a little recurrence of the groin injury," said Ferguson.
"We just told him to have a complete break, which is what he has done.
"Hopefully that break will get rid of the injury problem through rest and we will have him back training sometime next week."
Meanwhile, Ferguson will make a late decision on whether to bring Nani back into the team for Saturday's game at West Brom after the winger missed the opening two games of the festive period with a hip injury.
The United boss added: "We're looking at Nani as a possibility.
"We'll see how he is today, but he maybe has more chance of playing against Stoke."
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