Manchester United striker Michael Owen has not given up hope of playing a role in the club's charge for another Premier League title.
The Red Devils' lead over Manchester City was cut to three points last weekend in the wake of their incredible 4-4 draw with Everton while Roberto Mancini's team beat Wolves 2-0.
Owen, 32, has not played for United since November 2nd due to a thigh injury, although he is now fit again and mentally preparing himself to be ready if called upon by Sir Alex Ferguson.
The former England international is not expecting to get the nod in Ferguson's starting XI, but believes he could have an impact off the bench if the team needs a late goal.
"I can't imagine myself getting back and starting in the 11," he told MUTV.
"My mindset has got to be get myself ready mentally, physically and everything else because I might be needed for 10 or 20 minutes at a late stage of the season.
"Who knows? It could be the last game of the season at Sunderland. I might have built up enough, whether playing in a reserve game or two, and then that's fine.
"But I think the immediate thing is to get myself mentally ready, just in case the manager says, 'I'll put you on the bench' or whatever and I'll come on for 15 minutes and try to nick a goal if we're struggling."