Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani spent the international break in Uruguay stepping up his recovery, but he remains a doubt to feature against Chelsea on Sunday.
A tendon problem has prevented Cavani from featuring for United since a substitute appearance in the Red Devils’ 2-2 draw with Atalanta on November 2, missing the losses to Manchester City and Watford that spelled the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign, as well as the most recent victory over Villarreal.
The 34-year-old also missed out on the chance to represent his country, with Uruguay slipping to defeat against Argentina and Bolivia, putting their World Cup qualification hopes in jeopardy and leading to the sacking of Oscar Tabarez as head coach after 15 years in the role.
The veteran striker is now eager to get back out on the pitch after spending the international break in his homeland to focus on his rehabilitation.
Cavani also revealed that the trip gave him an opportunity to spend valuable time with his family.
“During this period of the international break, I’ve had the chance to stop and focus on this niggling injury that I’m feeling in the tendon in my leg, so I can speed up my recovery and come back quickly and be available for my club and national team,” Cavani told the club’s official website.
“So, during this time, I was able to spend a few days in Uruguay, do some fitness and recovery work and stuff and, in turn, I managed to see my family at the same time, which is always important, to see your family and be close to them.”
Eighth-placed United face Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday in caretaker manager Michael Carrick’s second game in charge and will be hoping for another positive result after the 2-0 Champions League win over Villarreal on Tuesday.
It remains unclear if Cavani will be able to boost his side’s chances with his availability, or if his comeback will have to wait until the Red Devils’ subsequent game against Arsenal at Old Trafford on December 2.