Ever since that forgettable day in early November when Tottenham lost their star midfielder, Spurs fans have been eager to see Maddison back in Lilywhite. Now, after admissions from Ange Postecoglou, that time could come earlier than expected.
Recent sightings of the player in team training have pointed towards a return to action in the coming days, however, the manager's words in his most recent press conference have furthered the belief that we might see the number 10 back on the pitch against City:
"He's trained all week and he is fine. He is available and ready to start or not ready to start, when someone is available I assume they are ready to start. Whether they do or not depends on what I see with everyone else tomorrow and I usually make those decisions game day. Like I said, the beauty of it is he's got through the week really well and is ready to go."
There's no question that the player's addition would add an incredible attacking threat to the squad.
In his 11 matches at the start of the campaign Madders managed to collect three goals and five assists while grabbing the August Player of the Month award.
As it stands, Maddison looks fit to start. The decision will come down to whether Ange thinks the Englishman has been in training long enough to return to the quick speed of play which 'Ange-ball' demands.