Vincent Kompany is closing in on a Manchester City return after stepping up his comeback from a calf injury.
The club have released images of the 29-year-old back on the training field accompanied with a positive update on his fitness on their website.
The influential Belgium defender has been hampered by all-too-familiar calf problems this season and has not featured since an abortive comeback attempt against Sunderland on Boxing Day.
Kompany managed just nine minutes in that 4-1 Premier League victory at the Etihad Stadium – his only action in City’s last 19 matches.
There has been doubt over when Kompany might return but manager Manuel Pellegrini expressed hope last week that Kompany could be back within a fortnight.
Kompany’s current lay-off is his 12th with a calf injury since the start of the title-winning 2011-12 campaign and the player has seen specialists in an attempt to get to the root of the recurring issue.
Pellegrini is likely to give an update as he holds a press conference to preview Saturday’s top-of-the table clash against Leicester on Friday.
That will come just four days after Pellegrini revealed he will be leaving City at the end of the season and the club announced he will be replaced by the highly-coveted Pep Guardiola.
That dramatic development points to an exciting future for the club but there is still much to look forward to this season with Pellegrini’s men still in contention in four competitions.
The club are hoping the early announcement of the changes will galvanise the side as they bid to wrap up this season in glorious fashion.
Football administration officer Brian Marwood told Sky Sports News: “We are focusing on supporting Manuel and the team for the remainder of the season.
“We have a lot of high-profile games coming up and they come thick and fast in all competitions. It is an exciting time also for the club and we want to focus on the now and we will leave the later for some time else.”