Manchester City assistant David Platt believes the club's injury problems are easing and says manager Roberto Mancini could have almost a full squad at his disposal for Saturday's game against Aston Villa.
GettyImagesDavid Silva returned to first-team action for Man City against Tottenham
• Blog: Man City exorcise ghosts
The Premier League champions have been without up to six players during a spell when teenagers Abdul Razak, George Evans and Courtney Meppen-Walters have all been on the bench.
But David Silva and Maicon made their comebacks in Sunday's 2-1 win over Tottenham and Platt is optimistic that Joleon Lescott, Jack Rodwell, James Milner and the ill Samir Nasri could all be available to face Paul Lambert's side.
"Slowly but surely, people are coming back," Platt said. "It was great to see David Silva getting 90 minutes in.
"Joleon has only had a couple of days' training sessions. Samir was ill and he had a couple of days in bed so he hasn't trained either.
"Hopefully by next week you would think that certainly Joleon will be back in contention, Jack Rodwell will be a lot closer and Samir obviously [will be back]. To all intents and purposes, we have got a good chance of having a full complement next week."
Defender Lescott has had a back injury while Rodwell has been sidelined by a hamstring problem sustained playing for England Under-21s last month. Milner is another with hamstring difficulties, as was Silva before his return on Sunday.
Left-back Gael Clichy is also likely to be available, with Platt adding: "Gael Clichy has a problem with his back and is going to have an injection so hopefully we can recuperate him."
If all recover, it would leave the long-term absentee Micah Richards, who has a knee problem, as the only player who would not be in contention.
Headlines Newsview all
President Buhari Begs Niger Delta Militants : Please Stop Pipeline Bombings, I Plead In The Name Of God Almighty
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday pleaded with Niger Delta militants to soft pedal on the bombing and destruction of oil and gas installations. He asked those close ...
U.S. officials have “solid evidence” of the alleged misconduct Ambassador James Entwistle reported to House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, high-level diplomatic sources say. In a ... Full story
Rate this article
The actress and TV presenter took to Instagram to narrate the unfortunate incident and to show proof of her injury sustained in the ugly encounter: "On ... Full story
Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland scored arguably the best goal of the 2016 EURO's after his fantastic bicycle kick goal drew Switzerland level with Poland ...
The eagerly-anticipated clash between Wales and Northern Ireland is the first time two home nations have met in the knockout stages of a major tournament. It ...
Arsenal may have to do without Alex Iwobi for the start of the new Premier League season after the midfielder was included in the provisional ...
– Tiwa Savage, the entertainer whose career is perfectly modelled on resilience, talent and media savviness – The Nigerian pop star is currently arguably Africa’s biggest female ...
ITV dating show, Love Island left viewers in shock as two housemates - Malin and Terry - slept with themselves openly in front of fellow housemates ...
Nollywood actress, Stella Damasus blushed like a newly crowned princess after famous celebrity and former wrestler Dwayne Johnson showed some love on her by replying ... Full story
West Ham have made a €35m bid for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, according to reports. The Hammers' offer was worth around £28.25m at 9am on Friday ...
Paul Okoye's signing, Lucy, continued her radio tour after her new banging song which featured reggae artiste, Cynthia Morgan. The singer was recently at Rhythm FM, ... Full story
Popular veteran actress, Patience Ozokwor, who recently turned a born-again christain, has been pictured recently ministering to a congregation at an Anglican Church in the ... Full story