Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy is poised to return to action after being out of action for three months with an achilles tendon injury.

The Dutch striker could make his comeback in the FA Cup fifth round tie at Everton on Saturday.

“There is a chance he could be involved at Everton but we’ll just have to see how he comes through training,” confirmed United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The 28-year-old has been training in Holland and Ferguson said: “Ruud comes back on Tuesday and we need to assess how far on he is.

“The training he has been doing in Holland has been perfect and I am very satisfied with it.”

United’s form without Van Nistelrooy has been remarkable, winning 13 of their last 15 league matches. However, with the European campaign set to resume later this month, Ferguson will be grateful for the return of his most prolific marksman.