Jack Rodwell is back in training for Manchester City but will not be in contention to face his former club Everton on Saturday.
The England international midfielder, who has been sidelined by a hamstring injury, could make his comeback against West Ham on October 19.
Rodwell has only made one appearance this season, against Stoke on September 14, and manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his recovery is going well.
He said: "Jack started working with the whole squad yesterday [Thursday]. He is fit but not in the squad for tomorrow [Saturday]."
It means injured centre-back Martin Demichelis is City’s only other absentee when they take on Roberto Martinez’s side at the Etihad Stadium.
City have lost their last two games, conceding three goals each time, and while goalkeeper Joe Hart has been blamed, Pellegrini is concerned that others have also lost focus and made mistakes.
He said: "They are very different goals but at least four of the six were a lack of concentration. You must not only play well; you must concentrate for 90 minutes."
City have taken ten points from their first six league games under Pellegrini and the Chilean believes they need a greater return if they are to become champions
"I think it is not the good points total you need if you want to win the title," he added. "I think we deserve more points than we have for the way we have played."