Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is confident Vincent Kompany will be able to return to action in Thursday's UEFA Cup clash against Aalborg.
The Belgium international has missed City's last two games with a toe injury, a problem he has struggled with since mid-January.
Hughes is desperate for Kompany to play in Denmark, particularly as Nigel de Jong is ineligible to play for City in Europe this term.
The former Wales and Blackburn Rovers manager said: "He's a lot more comfortable with it. It was the right decision to take him out of the frame because the injury has settled down now and he's more positive going into games.
"We're trying to enable him to train and play without having the injections, but we're not quite there yet. But he's in a better place now than two weeks ago. It got so he couldn't continue even with injections.
"The worry was that it was going to be a chronic condition that he wouldn't be able to shift for weeks or months. We didn't want to get to that level. I don't think he'll need surgery, it's about managing the pain."