Casemiro has not played for Man Utd since October (Photo: Getty)

Manchester United have announced that Casemiro has returned to training after suffering a serious hamstring injury while on international duty.

“Casemiro has started training on the pitch as the Brazilian accelerates his recovery for Manchester United,” the club said in a statement.

“On Sunday I saw the midfielder training alone on the Carrington pitch while his teammates took part in a recovery session.”

However, it seems unlikely the 31-year-old will play again in the near future, with Erik ten Hag previously saying he does not expect the defensive midfielder to be back before Christmas.

That means he will miss United’s big match day when Bayern Munich host a must-win Champions League match on Tuesday before traveling to arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

A humiliating 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday dropped the Red Devils to sixth place in the Premier League, ten points behind the Reds at the top of the table.

The pressure on Ten Hag has therefore increased and he will be relieved that Casemiro is back at Carrington, despite reports of dissatisfaction among the players.

The manager is said to have missed the influence of Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez in the dressing room as he looks to regain the team’s full support.

Casemiro was one of United’s best players last season, but so far this season the Real Madrid legend has looked a shadow of his former self.

Although the likes of Jonny Evans and Luke Shaw have recently returned to full fitness, United still have plenty of other injury problems, including Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Mason Mount.

Captain Bruno Fernandes will also miss the trip to Anfield due to suspension, but in better news, promising youngster Amad Diallo has returned to training after recovering from a long-term knee injury.