Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson hopes midfielder Michael Johnson will be fit for their next match against Everton on February 25.

The 19-year-old played a major part in City's flying start to the season but has been out of action since December with a niggling abdominal injury.

Johnson played in a reserve-team match on Monday, and Eriksson told the club's official website: "Michael did very well for 45 minutes, and the positive is that he had no discomfort afterwards.

"I hope he has no setbacks, and if things go as I think he would be ready for Everton."