Germany hope Sami Khedira could be fit for their forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers after recovering from a thigh muscle injury.
The holding midfielder was forced to miss the 2-1 friendly win over Uruguay on Sunday but returned to individual training on Monday.
Assistant coach Hansi Flick is hopeful Khedira could now be fit for the clashes with Austria on Friday and Azerbaijan four days later.
He said on Tuesday: "With Sami Khedira everything is going according to plan. He trained with the football yesterday and will do it again today.
"As far as the injury is concerned it has healed.
"If he is fit he will play but if we see a risk then it is also our obligation to the player to be careful.
"We will know for sure if he can play after Thursday's training."
With fellow holding midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger ruled out through injury, Toni Kroos could slip into a more defensive role for the Group A table-toppers, who have won their opening five games of the campaign.
Flick added: "Toni has played successfully in that position in the past."