Manchester United's Edinson Cavani s desperate to make his debut against his former club Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The Uruguay international has been quarantined in Manchester since moving there but, on Sunday, joined training for the first time.
Given Cavani has not played a competitive match since March, it seems the former Napoli and PSG star’s prospects of starting the Champions League clash in Paris are slim.
The report adds that, during the summer, the 33-year-old mulled over retirement.
Cavani spent his time as a free agent working on a farm with partner Jocelyn Burgardt and the opportunity to end his football career and live there permanently appealed.
But, instead, the South American joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on a two-year contract.
Meanwhile, speaking last week, Cavani opened up on the chat he had with Solskjaer prior to his arrival.
“Yes, I had a conversation with the manager, and to be truthful that also really encouraged me to come to United,” he said.
“I think it’s always very positive for a player when you have the backing of the manager.
“Currently I’m busy training at home, as I’m complying with the rules and staying in quarantine after coming into the country.
“So yes, as I said before, I’m chomping at the bit and keen to be able to get started, training with my team-mates, just as soon as I can. And with that, make myself available for the manager.”
He then added: “We spoke a bit about the mental side of things, and a little about how you can go about preparing for each game, about what it is to compete, about what is important within a group, and you could say that we agreed strongly on a lot of the things we spoke about and discussed.
“Things like self-sacrifice, commitment to your team-mates, creating a competitive spirit, and thinking of others, and competing altogether.
“All things that I really like and appreciate, I believe that when you pretty much agree on things like this and think in a similar way, I reckon it also makes you want to join a club even more, and to then give your best, train hard and prepare yourself in the best way you can.”
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