Sergio Aguero is set to hand Manchester City a major boost when the squad returns from international duty later next week.
The Blues striker has been missing for the last month with a niggle in his knee which has plagued him on and off since the start of the campaign.
But Aguero is hoping to get the green light from City's doctors, who will step up his fitness programme over the next 48 hours.
Aguero, who has notched 13 goals this term, flew back from Buenos Aries in midweek, having also been assessed by the Argentine team national doctor.
The frontman is now determined to play an integral part in the run-in, with City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley later next month.
City boss Roberto Mancini would like to have his man back for next weekend's Premier League clash at home to Newcastle United, but the Manchester derby, a week later, is seen as a more realistic comeback date.
City are 1.30 beat Newcastle, 5.50 to draw and 10.00 to lose to the Magpies at the Etihad Stadium.
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