Frank Lampard has revealed he could return from injury in Manchester City's crucial Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.
Lampard, who is on loan with the Premier League champions from their American sister outfit New York City, has been out of action for four games after he was forced off with a thigh problem against Tottenham last month.
But the 36-year-old told City's website: "I'm not far off selection. Fingers crossed, if all goes well over the next couple of days, I'll be back in contention.
"I had a small injury in my thigh - an old injury I'd disturbed slightly.
"It wasn't as bad as I'd first feared but you have to be very careful with muscle injuries. That was the issue.
"I've been working very hard to get back because I was really enjoying playing at the time (I suffered the injury) and that was the bad thing about it."
With City needing a win against the Russians to remain in the hunt for a last 16 place, Lampard's return would be a major lift given the former Chelsea star has made a big impression in his short time at Eastlands.
Lampard is due to link up with New York in January, but it has been suggested he could stay at City for longer.
"All I can say is how much I'm enjoying it at City," he said.
"I'm contracted here until the end of December and my future will be at New York City at some stage.
"I didn't know what to expect before I came here but the move has opened my eyes to a fantastic club with fantastic people behind the scenes and I'm just trying to enjoy every minute.
"When I left Chelsea, I thought I was going to be moving out of the Premier League and that was a different angle. That's all to come still but this is an absolutely brilliant time for me."