The 32-year-old missed out on Sunday's clash with boyhood club Liverpool at Anfield after feeling tightness in his groin in training.
However, he is keen to make it back in time to face the club he left on a free transfer in the summer at Old Trafford.
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"Obviously I missed the first one but I am desperate to be fit for the second one.
"The lads are playing out of their skin at the moment so it's hard to get in the team, but my fitness is coming week by week and I am really excited about the challenge ahead."