Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand is hoping to win his fitness race in time to be included in the squad for Saturday's trip to Manchester City.
Ferdinand has missed the last two games with a hamstring problem, but returned to training on Tuesday and is hoping of being involved at Eastlands.
"The injury is a lot better. I'll test it in training and see if I'm ready for the game," he told the club's official website.
"I felt it in training the day before the Tottenham game. I stretched to block a shot and it happened. Luckily it wasn't bad and I should be back soon."
Meanwhile, out-of-favour goalkeeper Craig Gordon has reiterated his desire to win back his starting place from Marton Fulop.
The £10million Scotland international has failed to dislodge Fulop since returning from an ankle injury last month.
"It has been frustrating and annoying at times but you have got to put up with that and do the usual thing of get back to basics and you work hard in training and wait for your chance," he said.
"Hopefully I have put myself in contention for this weekend."