Chelsea striker Didier Drogba could make a surprise return from injury in Saturday's Premier League clash against Manchester City.
The Ivory Coast international has not played this season because of a knee problem but came through a reserve team game last week unscathed.
Blues boss Luiz Felipe Scolari also hopes John Obi Mikel will be able to feature at Eastlands, particularly after learning that Michael Essien faces a long spell on the sidelines after suffering a cruciate ligament injury while on international duty with Ghana.
"These are the players that I received for training this week. Mikel is in very good condition and Didier grows up every day and grows up every week," said Scolari.
"Drogba is not completely ready for the game against Manchester City, but in my idea he may be possible to play 45 minutes. He is starting, step by step, to arrive in the same situation as last season.
"Many players are in national teams and the bad news that we received a few days ago is that Essien has an injury.
"If they play in the national teams then I am happy about this, but we know about Manchester City and what Chelsea can expect there, it is a big game.
"We have Thursday and Friday for training, and if they arrive in good condition, without injury, then it is okay for us."