Chelsea captain John Terry is closing in on a first-team return after coming through 45 minutes of an Under-21s match on Thursday.
The defender has been sidelined since inuring knee ligaments during Chelsea's draw with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in November.
But Terry, 32, is now ready to make himself available to Rafa Benitez after featuring as an over-age player in the local derby against Fulham at the club's Cobham training ground.
"I have come through alright," he told Chelsea TV. "Initially I was going to play between 30 and 45 so I managed to get through the first half and the knee feels totally fine which is the main thing.
"Lungs are a little bit... which is natural, but it is good to get in 45 under my belt. It has been frustrating two months really.
"I felt fine, totally fine. Passing, tackling, everything felt fine. It's really positive to come through a game and hopefully give myself a chance to be back involved with the first team.
"The plan was to play a half, and who knows. He (Benitez) mentioned in the press conference in the week.
"Maybe it is too soon to get back starting. The lads have been playing well as well, so I know better than anybody I have to wait my time and be patient and try to get back in the squad first, than the team after that."