Cape Town - Jonny Evans labelled Manchester United's injury problems this season are merely a freak situation.
Evans played in United's Reserves 5-0 win on Wednesday and is targeting a comeback as soon as possible to help out a struggling defence.
"It's nice to get 60-odd minutes under my belt," Evans told manutd.com.
"It's been a long time coming. I didn't expect to be out this long so I'm pleased to get some minutes. I thought the lads played well and it was an enjoyable game to be part of.
"I think the manager will have to assess that [a first-team recall] and also the fitness coaches. I've been training for a week or two now but it's taking me time to get my fitness up as I've been out for so long."
Evans has been out with a broken foot since the defeat at Leicester City in September.