Joleon Lescott is looking forward to a return to action as the blues push forward their bid to claim a Champions League slot.
The £24m summer signing from Everton has been out of action since picking up a knee injury during the 3-3 draw at Bolton in mid December and surgery was required when a piece of bone came loose.
Since his last game, the blues have changed managers and won five games on the run, including an FA Cup victory at Middlesbrough and the club have moved up to 4th in the Premier League.
The England defender has been making good progress following the surgery and will start light training from next week. “From Monday, I’ll be outside jogging,” explains Lescott. “All being well, I’ll be doing that for 10 days to two weeks, and then I’ll be back in with the boys.”
With Lescott close to a return and Wayne Bridge close to recovering form a knee injury, City’s defensive problems will begin to ease, particularly with Nedum Onuoha fit again and Kolo Toure set to return from African Cup of Nations by early February.
Once the blues have a fully fit defensive unit again, it will be a tough task for Roberto Mancini to select his defensive partnerships, particularly since the form of Micah Richards has drastically improved.