Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari hopes Didier Drogba can play 45 minutes against Manchester City on Saturday.
Drogba has yet to make an appearance for Chelsea this season due to a knee injury, but returned for the reserves last week.
He is determined not to rush his comeback from the injury, but has been pleasing Scolari with his progress.
Scolari is now hoping that the striker, along with John Obi Mikel, could be involved in this weekend's trip to the City of Manchester Stadium.
In good condition
"These are the players that I received for training this week, Mikel is in very good condition and Didier grows up every day and grows up every week," Scolari told Chelsea TV.
"He [Drogba] is not completely ready for the game against Manchester City, but in my idea he may be possible to play 45 minutes.
"He is starting, step-by-step, to arrive in the same situation [in fitness terms] as last season."
However, Scolari has received a blow to his plans after Michael Essien was ruled out for several months with a cruciate ligament injury picked up on international duty with Ghana.
The Brazilian added: "Many players are in national teams and the bad news that we received a few days ago is that Essien has an injury.
"If they play in the national teams then I am happy about this, but we know about Manchester City and what Chelsea can expect there, it is a big game.
"We have Thursday and Friday for training, and if they arrive in good condition, without injury, then it is okay for us."