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Rooney leads quartet of Man Utd players in line for Everton return

Wayne Rooney is expected to be back in action when Manchester United return to Premier League duties this coming weekend.

The England captain was withdrawn from the Three Lions squad for Euro2016 qualifiers with Estonia and Lithuania due to an ankle injury but could return for his club when they head to Everton on Saturday.

Rooney heads a key foursome who could all be back in contention for the trip to Goodison Park which has emerged as a must-win following their dismal 3-0 defeat at Arsenal prior to the international break.

Veteran midfielder Michael Carrick, who also left England camp with a groin problem, is likely to take his place in Louis van Gaal's line-up according to England boss Roy Hodgson.

"From (Wayne Rooney's) point of view, and United's, the rest will do him good," he said.

"I fully expect to see him and Wayne Rooney fit for United and Louis van Gaal next weekend.

"Michael Carrick trained fully in quite an intense training session on Wednesday but he had a re-occurrence of a feeling that he sometimes gets in his groin – a slight tightening of the groin – and we didn't want to take any chances."

It is also believed that Argentine defender Marcos Rojo should be available after missing his country's World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Paraguay while Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera will recover from the knock that has forced him out of United's past two matches.

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