Dynamic Manchester United  striker Wayne Rooney  is likely to make a return for the club and is expected to be on the bench for the Capital One Cup  tie against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Rooney has been out of action since suffering a gruesome, deep gash to his right thigh on August 25 in an accidental clash with Fulham's Hugo Rodallega.
With the wound, which required 11 stitches now healed, Rooney has resumed full training and is desperate to make his return as soon as possible, according to a report by the Daily Mirror.
Rooney's medical staff will brief united boss Sir Alex Ferguson before deciding whether to include Rooney among his substitutes, but right now the striker looks likely to feature, the paper added.
If Rooney does figure, it will be a huge boost for United as well as England, ahead of next month's back-to-back World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland, the paper said.
Ferguson is set to make wholesale change for the third round tie, taking the opportunity to rest established players rested ahead of Saturday's home date with in-form Tottenham, the paper further reported. (ANI )