"I've been out for quite some time, so I'm a bit sore, a bit stiff, but those things are part and parcel when you've been out. We've got a few days before the Arsenal game, so we'll try and do things right so that I'm fit."
Hargreaves' injury absence has been an unusual one, with recurring knee problems, and he makes no attempt to hide his frustration at being repeatedly sidelined.
"It's been frustrating because I've really had it since the end of last season," he said. "I've spoken to a lot of doctors and specialists, and they've explained to me that it's not really a problem with the knee, it's a structural problem with the biomechanics.
"For some reason my body's not happy with the way it is, so you need insoles and things to correct that. I've been trying to get round it and find the answer because I don't want to miss any games, I want to be fit for the rest of the season."