Manchester United are considering making special arrangements for Park Ji-sung to travel back from international games in South Korea.
Asia’s number one player is fit again and part of the United squad for tonight’s Champions League encounter with German champions Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena.
However, the 28-year-old’s progress has been restricted by a knee injury that kept him out for two months and limited him to just two Premier League starts this term.
United’s medical staff have traced the problems back to the time he spends jetting back from matches in Asia, noting his knee is always swollen following the long flights.
Aside from providing additional comfort – or not going at all – it is difficult to know exactly what United could do to solve the problem.
However, it is an issue Alex Ferguson is assessing to try and ensure Park is available for duty more often.
“We are thinking of organising his return trips differently in the future,” confirmed the Red Devils boss.
“Park has had a succession of injuries which have derailed him but all the problems arise out of him coming back from South Korea after he has played internationals.
“We have had meetings with the South Korean physio department in terms of trying to get to the bottom of the problem because he always comes back with some swelling in his knee.”
That issue, confirmed Ferguson, is the sole reason why Park has not featured so often in United’s first-team plans this season.
Handing him a two-year contract extension earlier this year was proof Ferguson has faith in the £2m bargain signing from PSV Eindhoven and the Scot confirmed Park should play a prominent role in United’s quest for glory this term.
“We think he is a fantastic player,” said Ferguson.
“He is very important to Manchester United and now that he is fit he will figure.”