Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Sandro has indicated he is unsure whether he will be ready in time for the visit of Manchester City on Wednesday.
The Brazilian midfielder was one of four first team players to feature in a behind closed friendly against West Ham United last week as he, Jan Vertonghen, Paulinho and Younes Kaboul made further progress in their return from injury.
Sandro, who has been missing for six weeks with a calf problem, was taken off at half time as the rest of the returning first teamers saw out an hour during the 3-0 win over West Ham. But the visit of Manuel Pellegrini's side, whose thrashed Spurs 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium in November, may come too soon for the powerful 25-year-old.
"I feel good," Sandro told Tottenham's official website. "I just need more training and more games like this to be back again and strong like before.
"Evert game I watch I miss being out there on the pitch.
"We have some big games coming up. I don't know if I'll be ready for City but the most important thing is that I feel right and then I will be back."
The apex of Tottenham's woes earlier this season was brutally exposed at the Etihad three months ago when City ran riot, but under Tim Sherwood's guidance, the club have climbed back into contention for a Champions League spot.
Following Andre Villas-Boas' dismissal following a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool, the club have won five out of their last six Premier League games and now sit fifth in the League, level on points with fourth placed Reds.
The club's efforts to maintain their excellent run of form will have been enhanced with the return of their injured quartet. Defender Jan Vertonghen took to Twitter to declare his delight over his imminent run and could feature against City on Wednesday.
Happy to be back and played 60min today! Felt well, now looking forward to the next Prem.League game! Thx for your messages during recovery!
— Jan Vertonghen (@Jan_Vertonghen) January 23, 2014