Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz has targeted a return to first-team action in the Manchester derby on September 20.
The Paraguayan has been shelved since knee surgery in April and has been unable to feature in pre-season with the Citizens since his £15million arrival from Blackburn.
But the centre forward is hoping to be available for selection when City make the short trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in a month's time.
"Roque went to a specialist yesterday and he was really pleased with his progress," manager Mark Hughes told the MEN.
" We are talking about two to three weeks for him. I don't like to put games as a target because it's difficult to predict but I imagine he will be available round about the time of the United game or West Ham after that."
Midfielder Vincent Kompany could also come into contention for the Manchester derby as he looks set to resume training in the coming days.