Manchester United have been boosted by the news that Wayne Rooney was able to take part in training on Tuesday ahead of their Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash with Bayern Munich.
The England forward picked up a toe injury during the first leg at Old Trafford last week, and missed the weekend's win over Newcastle United.
United had confirmed last week that Rooney was a 'doubt' for the clash at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, and boss David Moyes said he would give him right up to kick-off to prove his fitness.
Now ahead of United travelling to Germany, Rooney has taken a full part in training - which appears to be an indication that his bruised toe has improved over the weekend.
Bayern boss Pep Guardiola is also convinced that United will throw Rooney into the action for such an important game.
"He is going to play. 100 per cent. He is going to play I bet you a big, big glass of beer," said Guardiola.
"I believe he is going to play, and Valencia too. Rooney is going to play. He is a big player."
United are due to travel to Munich on Tuesday afternoon.
Moyes is desperate to have Rooney available for the crucial clash, especially as Robin van Persie is already out through injury whilst Juan Mata is ineligible to play.
Left-back Patrice Evra also took part in training, and he appears set to feature in Germany having missed the first leg through injury.
However, defender Rafael, who has been out with a hamstring injury, and Marouane Fellaini (dizziness) did not feature.
The odds remain against United as they take on the European champions, despite their creditable performance in a 1-1 draw in the first leg.
Yet for Rooney, confidence that United can not only triumph but go on to win the competition, is still high.
The England forward told the UEFA website: "Of course (I believe we can win it).
"Everyone has their favourites every year - the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich - but it does not always happen.
"When Chelsea won it they nearly went out of the competition three times.
"We believe we can go through. We have good enough players.
"It will be tough because in my opinion Bayern and Barcelona are the two best teams left in the competition, so we have to be at our best.
"We are ready. It's an exciting game for us all - the players and the fans - and it's a massive game to be involved in."
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