Chelsea defender Alex is in line to make his long-awaited return from injury in Sunday's Barclays Premier League game against Manchester City.
Alex, who has been out since November and was forced to undergo surgery on a knee injury, trained with the first team at Cobham on Tuesday after returning from rehabilitating in his native Brazil.
The 28-year-old was badly missed during Chelsea's worst run in the league for almost 15 years at the end of 2010.
He will boost manager Carlo Ancelotti's defensive options, especially in the Champions League, for which new signing David Luiz is ineligible.
Ancelotti said today ahead of tomorrow night's last-16 second leg against FC Copenhagen: "Alex will not be involved on Wednesday, but he will be involved on Sunday."