Romelu Lukaku in race to be fit for derby after Manchester United hit by Alexis Sanchez injury blow
- Lukaku missed the victories at Juve and Bournemouth due to hamstring injury
- The striker has returned to light training for the derby of Sunday at the Etihad
- Sanchez struck a stiff line during the Champions League victory in Turin
Chris Wheeler for MailOnline
Romelu Lukaku has returned to light training while racing to be fit for Manchester's derby on Etihad on Sunday.
United, however, has a new injury problem after Alexis Sanchez gained a stiff line in the stunning Champions League victory over Juventus in Turin.
Lukaku picked up hamstring injury a week ago and missed the win at Juve and Bournemouth. United's £ 75million striker had already paid the prize for scoring only four goals in 14 gigs this season after he was dropped on the bench by Jose Mourinho for the win over Everton.
Romelu Lukaku is again light training for the derby of Manchester on Sunday
But Mourinho wants the power of Lukaku against Manchester City in the derby of Etihad this weekend and will wait to see if the big Belgian can prove his condition in the next 24 hours. He will give an update on Friday afternoon about the progress of the striker.
Mourinho conceded for the 2-1 victory over Juve, that he did not know whether Lukaku would recover in time, but it is clear that the 25-year-old was able to participate in a light training at Carrington while his teammates in the Champions League were duty.
Sanchez led the line in Lukaku's absence, but may also be a doubt of the derby after having suffered a dead leg in Italy.
Alexis Sanchez struck a stiff line in the Champions League victory over Juventus in Turin
The Chilean saw ice on his thigh after standing up in the 79th minute and then got some discomfort.
At least Anthony Martial continues to make progress after a turbulent summer that saw him fall out with Mourinho and refused to sign a new contract.
The attacker. 22, has now agreed to agree on a new five-year agreement that coincides with its revival in form, and was recalled to the French team on Thursday to face Holland and Uruguay this month.