Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is closing in on a return to full fitness.
The Belgian centre-back is likely to miss his side's Premier League clash against Stoke City on Saturday but is on course to start against Plzen City on Tuesday in the Champions League.
His return to the side will give manager Manuel Pellegrini a timely boost given the fact that summer signing Martin Demichelis has been ruled out for several weeks with a knee injury.
Fellow defenders Micah Richards and Gael Clichy are also struggling with injuries so will sit out this weekend's fixture.
Pellegrini, speaking at his pre-match press conference, said of Kompany's return to fitness: "Kompany is OK but it's a risk for him to play this match (at Stoke) - two or three more days and he will be 100 percent."
The Belgian international picked up a groin injury during Manchester City's Premier League opener against Newcastle United - in which Pellegrini's side went on to win 4-0.