Joleon Lescott is confident he will be fit to return to help Manchester City's floundering Premier League title challenge when they visit Arsenal.
The 29-year-old has missed his club's last five games after suffering a groin injury in the Europa League defeat at Sporting Lisbon on 8th March.
But Lescott has confirmed he is now back in training and is ready to return, which will be a significant boost for manager Roberto Mancini ahead of Sunday's trip to Emirates Stadium.
The centre-back said on Twitter: "I'm defo fit now been back training for 4/5 days now, so I will be available for selection on the weekend."
During Lescott's absence, City have lost at Swansea and been held to frustrating draws by Stoke and Sunderland to concede their advantage in the title race.
They now trail rivals Manchester United by five points with just seven games remaining - a deficit that could be eight points by the time they kick off at Arsenal.
But while City could be boosted by Lescott's return, uncertainty remains over the fitness of striker Sergio Aguero.
The Argentine has missed the last two games with a mystery foot injury, which Mancini has conceded was exacerbated by the use of a treatment spray.
Mancini last weekend said he hoped Aguero would be available at Arsenal, but was unsure.