Wayne Rooney could return to the Manchester United side for Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie with Liverpool at Old Trafford.
The forward looked set for a spell on the sidelines when he limped off with an ankle injury during United’s 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion on New Year’s Day.
However, he startled many at that game when he made his way back on to the field as United had already been reduced to 10 men.
That decision appeared to cost Rooney a chance to figure in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Stoke, but the 25-year-old has returned to training and could be in contention to face Liverpool on Sunday.
However, Ferguson denied that the brief reappearance at the Hawthorns had any impact. “If it had been serious Wayne would not have come back on last week,” said Ferguson.
“Maybe it was not the right thing to do in terms of getting him ready for Tuesday’s game. But he started work yesterday and we just hope that he will be all right for Sunday.”