London - Manchester City midfielder Fernando claims he is pain free and ready to show his true colours as he presses his claims to be involved in the Premier League leaders' clash at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Fernando played much of last season with painkilling injections in his groin which sometimes hampered his performances.
The Brazilian's injury problems recurred during City's tour of Australia and Vietnam before the current campaign started, but the 28-year-old believes his troubles are behind him ahead of the trip to Selhurst Park.
"I've had this problem for a long time. I originally picked up the injury a year ago and after every game I played, it felt sore and obviously much worse," Fernando said.
"I hoped I would return after the summer break and everything would be fine, but during pre-season the pain became gradually worse again. Now I'm feeling much better.
"It's not been easy because on one hand, it's been great to see the lads playing so well, but on the other you are frustrated at not being involved.
"Obviously I want to help my team and play my part but I needed to be clear of this injury first.
"I've been working hard to recover, I'm feeling much better now with no pain so hopefully will be available.
"I can't wait to get my season finally up and running and being pain free at last will be a huge relief."
Crystal Palace host Manchester City at Selhurst Park.
The match kicks off at 16:00.