Micah Richards has returned to training with Man City in a bid to be fit for Saturday’s FA Cup showdown with Manchester United.
City defender Richards, 22, was carried off with a hamstring injury for England U-21s against Denmark last month.
And he has not played for Roberto Mancini’s side since after missing two games.
His absence coincided with City losing 3-0 at Liverpool on Monday night when rookie Dedryck Boyata deputised at right-back.
But Richards has been back in training with City this week ahead of the weekend’s semi-final clash with United at Wembley.