Dortmund - Five-time Armenian Footballer of the Year is in contention for Borussia Dortmund's opening fixture of the Rückrunde at Bayer 04 Leverkusen after returning to first-team training on Friday.

The 26-year-old, who is expected to play some part in Saturday's friendly against Bundesliga 2 side Fortuna Düsseldorf, has been out of action since tearing a hamstring in BVB's 1-0 defeat to Hertha Berlin on 13 December.

Mkhitaryan has scored two goals in 19 outings in all competitions so far this season, but has yet to register a single assist.