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Manchester United FC injury update: on the eve of Marseille

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Nani has returned to training ahead of Manchester United's Champions League tie versus Marseille  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Nani has returned to training ahead of Manchester United's Champions League tie versus Marseille (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Writing an "injury update" post for Manchester United FC before each recent match is not becoming a fun regular occurrence. However, at least there's some relatively good news on the eve of the UEFA Champions League tie versus Olympique de Marseille. Here's an update on United's injury woes:

* After initially being ruled out for Tuesday night's clash, Nani and Michael Carrick are set to face Marseille. On the club's website, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was quoted as saying "There's a good chance Nani will be involved. He trained on Sunday along with Carrick. That's a better situation than we had at the weekend. Both will be involved Tuesday night." 

* Darren Fletcher appears doubtful after missing training due to a virus. This is also the likely reason why Fletcher missed the FA Cup tie versus Arsenal this past Saturday. 

* Michael Owen was in training on Monday and likely will be available if Fergie decides to choose him in tomorrow's 18-player squad.

* Park Ji-Sung continues to recover from a hamstring injury and Fergie said the South Korean "is making good progress; we'll hopefully have him back for Saturday (versus Bolton Wanderers)." Park was seen doing fitness work on the side during Monday's training session.

* Rio Ferdinand is still out of training but he's expected to return after the upcoming international break. 

* Owen Hargreaves has resumed training with the reserves. The hope is to get him back at some point for a few final matches at season's end. Obviously, this is wait and see with Hargo.

* Nemanja Vidic picked up a knock in Saturday's match versus Arsenal and missed training on Monday. However, the United captain is expected to play tomorrow night versus Marseille. 

* Jonny Evans also could return for this upcoming Saturday's tie. He's been recovering from an ankle knock.