Football: Van Persie returns to Man United training

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester United received a boost ahead of this weekend's Premier League derby with Manchester City when striker Robin van Persie returned to full training on Wednesday.

"Back to training with the group today," Van Persie wrote on his official Twitter account.

"Was a great session. Happy to be fit and able to play again. Looking forward to my next game!"

The 31-year-old Dutch international, scorer of 10 goals this season, has not played for United since injuring his right ankle during a 2-1 defeat at Swansea City on Feb 21.

During that time, United have won five consecutive league games, meaning they will go into Sunday's home game with City a point above their local rivals in third place.

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