Updates from Friday, March 14
Nani is closing in on a first-team return after David Moyes revealed he is back in training.
Manchester United's official Twitter noted:
The manager confirms Nani is back in training and hopes Rafael, Javier Hernandez and Jonny Evans all have a chance of playing on Sunday.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 14, 2014
Updates from Monday, Feb. 24
Nani remains an injury absentee for Manchester United as they warm up for their Champions League last-16 clash with Olympiacos.
David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror reports:
Updates from Friday, Jan. 31
Daily Mirror reporter David McConnell has the latest on Nani's timetable for return:
David Moyes' squad is suffering heavily under the weight of injuries and will be without the enigmatic player across the foreseeable future, as revealed by the Scottish boss on the club's official website:
"Nani has got a hamstring injury which is probably going to keep him out for quite a while. It's a serious hamstring injury that he picked up in training," said Moyes.
Boss: Nani is probably going to be out for "quite a while" but Rafael's injury is "not too serious". More: http:// http://t.co/NY9SMSVEyN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 4, 2014
The 27-year-old's injury is the latest blip on a United career that has never reached its full potential. Although expected to take over from Cristiano Ronaldo as the club's most impressive winger, Nani's Old Trafford tenure is largely defined by sloppiness, the inability to deliver a ball and disappointment.
Antonio Valencia and Adnan Januzaj are set to capitalise from the former Sporting Lisbon youngster's absence with an extended run in the side. This is amplified when considering Ashley Young is also recovering from the shoulder injury sustained during United's recent defeat to Tottenham, per BBC Sport.
Wilfried Zaha could also be used during Nani's time on the sideline, but Moyes is yet to show significant faith in Sir Alex Ferguson's last high-profile signing. The 21-year-old has made just two substitute appearances in the Premier League this season, per WhoScored.com.
United's recent form—which has seen the team lose their last two games at home—and unfortunate run of injuries could see Moyes spend in January.
The newly installed boss needs to quickly turn his team's fortunes around if United are to qualify for the Champions League and salvage something from a disappointing campaign.