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The duo, who have both been out of action since December, are unlikely to feature in Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final but are on the verge of being available again

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By Paul Clennam

Manchester United duo Robin van Persie and Marouane Fellaini returned to first-team training on Tuesday as they continue their much-anticipated return from injury, Goal can reveal.

Both players trained with the rest of the first-team squad for all but the final part of Tuesday's session at the club's Carrington training base as they near a return to action.

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Van Persie has been sidelined for over a month with a thigh injury, with the Netherlands international last featuring for United in the Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk on December 10.

The 30-year-old worked with PSV Eindhoven fitness coach Arno Philips in a bid to step-up his recovery, with Goal exclusively revealing the Van Persie returned to Manchester on January 9 after completing the two weeks of specialist fitness work in Holland.

Former Everton midfielder Fellaini, meanwhile, underwent wrist surgery towards the end of December and, despite initial fears that he could be out of action for six weeks, has recovered ahead of schedule.

It is unlikely that Van Persie or Fellaini, who trained without a cast on his wrist on Tuesday, will be available for Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, with there being only an outside chance that they will be named on the substitutes' bench.
 
Sunderland hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg ahead of the meeting at Old Trafford although as reported by Goal earlier on Monday.

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