03/05/2013 07:43 BST

Paul Scholes Back To Bid Farewell To Manchester United (PICTURES)

Sir Alex Ferguson expects to have Paul Scholes back in his squad for the first time since January when Manchester United take on Chelsea on Sunday.

Scholes has been missing with a knee injury and is widely expected to announce his retirement at the end of the season, so Ferguson seems to be preparing him for a farewell appearance.

The 38-year-old came out of retirement last year and delivered a number of masterclass displays in United's ultimately fruitless efforts to win the Barclays Premier League title.

Scholes has featured just 19 times this season, scoring once against Wigan Athletic, however his introduction away to Southampton and Liverpool in September inspired United to a pair of valuable away wins.

He was also widely lauded for an imperious performance against Tottenham Hotspur in the same month, despite Spurs holding on for a 3-2 win.

Amusingly, Scholes, renowned for his reckless tackling, has picked up nine yellow cards this term.

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