Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey is aiming to be fit to return to face Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, reports the Daily Mail.
Welsh international Ramsey was by far the standout player for Arsenal in the first half of the season, contributing 12 goals in 27 starts. His early season form had made him the favourite to pick up a PFA Player of the Year award.
Ramsey has been out with a troublesome thigh injury for three months, last appearing for the Gunners on Boxing Day against West Ham. However, the 23-year-old is finally nearing a return and could even be fit for the key game against Manchester City this weekend.
Arsene Wenger has had to be cautious with Ramsey as the Arsenal boss has seen the player suffer a recurrence of the injury after rushing him back two weeks ago. Ramsey has been working with a football again this week and is hoping to step up to full training later this week.
There is optimism that Ramsey could be fit to make Wenger's squad when Manuel Pellegrini travels to north London with the Citizens. It would provide a major boost to Wenger, who is currently managing a depleted Arsenal midfield with Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and long-term absentee Abou Diaby all in the treatment room.
New signing Kim Kallstrom was named in the squad for the first time against Chelsea last weekend, but did not make it on to the pitch. He could well be in line for his debut tonight, however, as Swansea travel to the Emirates.
Wenger is reportedly set to drop Mikel Arteta from his squad and may give the Swedish veteran his full debut.