England are counting on Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves being fit for their European Championship 2012 qualifiers.
The England midfielder managed a brief end-of-season bow against Sunderland after crippling tendinitis threatened his career.
He has recently returned from a trip to Colorado, where he continues to receive treatment.
But there have been no ill-effects and Hargreaves has been able to maintain a high-intensity training programme through the summer, much to the relief of manger Sir Alex Ferguson and England boss Fabio Capello.
Capello even considered Hargreaves as part of the pre-World Cup party until Fergie made it clear the player was not match-fit.
The FA's medical staff, however, have been monitoring his fitness with Capello pencilling Hargreaves in for an international return in September for the start of the Euro 2012 qualifiers.