There was good news from the FC Bayern München treatment room on Friday as the club prepares for Sunday's meeting with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (kick-off 17:30CET/16:30GMT).
Right-back Rafinha was out with the rest of the team on the training field, while utility man Juan Bernat is also in contention for a recall to the squad after displaying no ill-effects on his return from a muscular injury.
Vuelta a casa tras el entreno, muy contento de estar al 100%! Going back home after training, very happy to be 100%! pic.twitter.com/fuztXFjQN5— Juan Bernat (@JuanBernat) January 29, 2016
With Jerome Boateng ruled out for several weeks, the return of two defenders will be just what Guardiola needs as he seeks to defend his team' eight-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table. Meanwhile, while Franck Ribery, Medhi Benatia and Mario Götze are all closing in on their comebacks.
Unfortunately for the Catalan tactician, the trio will all miss Bayern's 500th fixture at the Allianz Arena. Arjen Robben hopes to be involved in, however, and is confident of a second straight win in 2016. "It's up to us," said the Dutchman to FCB.tv. "We need to be well prepared. We've been able to train well for a week and we hope we've taken a step forward in that time."