Scholes boost for United as he targets return against Tottenham

Last updated at 17:57 03 January 2008

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is close to a return to action after

two months on the sidelines with a knee problem.

The 33-year-old has started running again after a lateral ligament injury and

has targeted the end of the month to make his comeback.

"I've got these next few weeks to get as fit as I can, so hopefully I'll be

fresh when I come back," said Scholes.

"It's a couple of months since the operation now and everything seems to be

okay. I'm on track to return at the end of January or the start of February."

The former England midfielder could return against Portsmouth on January 30 or Tottenham at White Hart Lane on February 2.

And Scholes admits he can't wait to return.

"It's been frustrating for me. I still see all the games but it does get a bit

boring just watching because all you want is to be out there playing," he told

the club's website,

"But I know that I have to be patient and hopefully I'll be back playing