Shay Given is hoping to play some part in tomorrow morning’s game against Cub America in the Georgia Dome.
The Republic of Ireland international trained under the closed roof last night and will join the race to start the Premier League season between the posts for the Blues either here in Atlanta or at the weekend in Baltimore against Inter Milan.
Only ten days ago Given was still using crash mats as part of his daily diet of training and taking part in swimming and tennis sessions to augment his movement and fitness.
But now he is raring to show Roberto Mancini that he is ready to resume his role as number one.
Given and England international Joe Hart were at either end in the Blues last warm up session in front of around 700 fans at an open training session.
Afterwards the Irishman, a firm crowd favourite judging by the number of autographs he signed, declared himself in tip top shape.
“I have not spoken the manager yet but I am hoping to play a part in the game against Club America and if not tomorrow then certainly at the weekend,” declared the keeper.
The shoulder is better than ever and that is credit to the medical lads here at City who have been unbelievable with me this summer. All credit to them
“I have pushed myself hard but not harder than I have any other time I have been injured. All you ever want to do as a player is play. It is no different than being a kid and being desperate to get out on the pitch or the street to kick a ball about. Being injured is incredibly frustrating.
“I feel sharp and full of optimism for the season ahead and can’t wait to get into a game situation.”
Summer signing Yaya Toure and England World Cup returnees Shaun Wright-Phillips and Gareth Barry are also expected to return to the fray against the well-prepared Mexican side in Atlanta. The game kicks-off at 1am UK time.
A crowd approaching 50,000 is expected in the huge indoor arena that is home to the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League.
Club America also trained last night at the stadium on a newly laid pitch that will be removed after the match.