AC Milan's Italian international midfield player Andrea Pirlo has declared himself ready to return to the side in time for next Wednesday's UEFA Champions League derby semi-final against Internazionale FC.
Pirlo had been expected to miss the rest of the season after hurting his knee cap in the first leg of the quarter-final against AFC Ajax in Amsterdam. But the creative midfielder was back in full training on Thursday and said he expected to be ready for an earlier-than-expected return - with even Saturday's league game against Como Calcio a possibility.
Available for Saturday
"I feel better now.
I have no more pain on my knee and fortunately I didn't need to undergo surgery," Pirlo told the club's website. "I think I'll be available for Saturday's game then the coach will decide whether he needs me against Inter."