Cape Town - Fernandinho is set to hand defending Premier
League champions Manchester City a huge boost by returning to action after the
The Brazilian midfielder, a vital component for the way in
which boss Pep Guardiola asks his team to play, has been side-lined with a
groin injury since last month's Carabao Cup final victory over Chelsea at
The Citizens remain in the hunt for a quadruple of trophies
this season and the availability again of the 33-year-old could prove crucial
in whether they are successful in their quest.
While most of his colleagues are away, it is understood
Fernandinho has remained behind in Manchester this week and will step up his
rehab programme during the next 72 hours.
The veteran is eyeing City's trip to face
relegation-threatened Fulham at Craven Cottage on March 30, with skipper
Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy also ready to re-enter the fray.
There are further encouraging signs injured Belgium
midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will not be too far behind them, with the Manchester
giants increasingly confident the playmaker will be available for next month's
Champions League quarter-final showdown with Tottenham Hotspur.