Strootman back in Roma training

The midfielder missed the World Cup with a serious knee injury but is nearing first team football after participating in a session on Monday

Kevin Strootman returned to training with Roma on Monday as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury.

The Netherlands midfielder suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament while playing in a Serie A clash against Napoli in March.

The injury caused him to miss the remainder of the domestic season, as well as the World Cup in Brazil, but the 24-year-old is now closing in on a return to the first team.

"The big news: @Kevin_strootman is back in training with his team-mates for today's session. Welcome back! #ForzaKevin," the club posted on its official Twitter account, along with a picture of the Dutchman in action.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Strootman, but Roma have insisted that he is not for sale.

He could face renewed competition for a place in the starting XI upon his return, with Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot revealing he is close to sealing a January move to the Stadio Olimpico.