Bastian Schweinsteiger has been granted a return to the Manchester United first team fold in training, so as to get him fit enough for a transfer in January.
Schweinsteiger has been exiled by Jose Mourinho since the 53-year-old Portuguese took over the reins at Old Trafford in the summer.
Having signed for the Red Devils just last year, the German legend endured a torrid first season with the English giants.
He made 31 appearances in the previous campaign, only 13 of which came in the Premier League. Niggling injuries didn’t help boost his confidence either, and overall, the assessment was that he failed to adapt to the pace and physicality of the Premier League.
On Mourinho’s arrival at the Theatre of Dreams, Schweinsteiger was specifically told that he had no future at the club. He was banished to training with the reserves, and was ordered to clear out his first team locker and move his belongings to the u-21’s.
While many felt the decision was far too harsh, Schweinsteiger has now been granted a return to training with the first team.
Mourinho explained the reason behind Bastian’s return, by stating:
“Schweinsteiger is back. It was based on the fact we are in this time of the season where it is hard to train with all the players.
“So to do the tactical sessions I want to do you need a certain number of players, but the group shrinks when people are injured or recovering, many times we go to the Academy to bring young boys to have a group of the perfect numbers to train.
“Looking at Bastian and the way he was working professionally with the fitness coach, we think that it is a human and professional decision to bring him back to the team, and he will be much better prepared in case his future decision is to leave the club.
“If he stays with us he becomes one more option. In this moment we have no problems in midfield like we do in defence, but if we do he is one more option.”