Erling Haaland, Kevin de Bruyne, and Jeremy Doku trained well this week, according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, but he is unclear of their availability for Sunday’s FA Cup third-round encounter against Huddersfield Town.
Haaland hasn’t played since December 6 owing to a bruised foot.
He is tied for the league lead in goals scored with 14 goals.
“Jeremy feels really, really good and Kevin as well. And Erling is also a little bit better,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.
“In the two or three training sessions they feel good and are improving. I don’t know about Sunday or Newcastle (a Jan. 13 Premier League match) but for the rest they will be ready.
“No major setbacks, that would be the worst for Kevin or Jeremy or Erling, that is the most important.”
Recuperated from hamstring surgery, De Bruyne had not played for Guardiola’s squad since the first day of the Premier League season.
He made his comeback to the bench for their match against Sheffield on December 30.
Doku’s hamstring injury kept him out of action until the beginning of December.
John Stones has not resumed training since hurting his ankle last week, according to Guardiola, and midfielder Rodri won’t be fit for the match against Huddersfield in the Championship.
“His grandad passed away so he is away in Madrid,” the manager said.
“He will not be with us for the next few days. Family is the most important thing.”
The treble winners from the previous year are now five points behind leaders Liverpool in the Premier League standings.
“I would love (De Bruyne) to play the way he played the last eight years he has with me, I would love it,” Guardiola said.
“I think he’s not going to change his qualities there, but of course the injury is a big one and what I’m concerned the most is to try to avoid (re-injury).”
After playing nine games in December, City only have four in January.
“I think the Premier League took a great decision to make Boxing Day intense and then have a break,” Guardiola said.
“We won a lot even in the tough period. It is good now to have the FA Cup, an important game at Newcastle and then two weeks after to refresh our minds.”