Manchester City have been boosted by the news that Nery Castillo has returned to training following a shoulder injury.
The 23-year-old Mexico international sustained a broken bone in his left shoulder in only his third appearance following his arrival from Shakhtar Donetsk in December.
Castillo was stretchered off in an FA Cup replay victory over West Ham United on January 16 and was expected to miss at least six weeks.
However, City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed the striker has now been given the all clear to resume full training.
"Our medical people have told me that Nery is allowed to do everything with the senior squad including physical contact and tackling, which is good news," he told the club's official website.
"It has not been easy for him working with the fitness coaches all the time."
Meanwhile, fellow absentees Valeri Bojinov and Michael Johnson both came through a recent reserve team game unscathed.
Summer signing Bojinov has been out for five months with a cruciate ligament injury, while midfielder Johnson has been on the sidelines with an abdominal problem since December.
"Bojinov is not ready for the first team yet," revealed Eriksson. "I don't know how many weeks he will take but Monday night was good for him.
"He played for 20 minutes, scored a nice goal and you can see that he's a real football player.
"Michael did very well for 45 minutes, and the positive is that he had no discomfort afterwards.
"The reserves have another game next week, so I hope he'll have more than 45 minutes then.
"I hope he has no setbacks, and if things go as I think he would be ready for Everton (on February 25)."