Cristiano Ronaldo trained alone for Manchester United as his battle with an ongoing hip injury continued.
Ronaldo has been troubled by the injury since January, when he missed two games with the problem, and he also missed the derby with City at the weekend.
The forward’s form has also been disappointing since the turn of the year and it is likely the injury is a contributing factor.
Ronaldo returning to individual training is a small step in the right direction as he works his way back towards full fitness.
The Portuguese forward sent a message to supporters on Instagram, re-affirming his commitment to getting fit to help the team.
United need Ronaldo back this weekend to face Tottenham, who he led the team to a 3-0 win against earlier in the season.
Edinson Cavani is back in full training, with Raphael Varane also returning. Both missed the defeat to City at the weekend.
The match with Tottenham is not the only one on the horizon for United. Next Tuesday night the team host Atletico Madrid in a decisive last 16 Champions League game, with the tie poised 1-1 from the first leg.
United will want Ronaldo available for that game, and a decision towards the Tottenham match will be taken with Atletico in mind, despite the importance of the Premier League clash.
Ronaldo himself will have an eye on Portugal’s World Cup play-offs at the end of the month too. With his hopes for Qatar 2022 set to be decided, he won’t want to take any risks with United which cost him a place at the tournament.