The pocket dynamo from the Ukraine has played a major role in this season’s FA Cup campaign, most memorably his stunning opening strike against West Ham in the quarter-finals.
Sergei added to that strike at Upton Park, while he also scored in the thriller at the Valley in round five. Sergei also holds the distinction of scoring against Arsenal this season during December’s encounter at the Lane.
The gifted striker missed Saturday’s trip to Highbury after suffering a hamstring pull on international duty, but he did not look in too much distress at the training ground. So, do all roads lead to Manchester for Sergei?
"I hope so, I want to play and I’m feeling much, much better — I think I will play," said Sergei, who went on to describe how his injury occurred.
"I did a long cross and a felt a pain in my hamstring. It’s not torn; it was just a slight pull. I think it will be okay.
"I pulled it during the Belarus game and had some treatment, and afterwards it was okay. I started the game in Wales and felt it then."
Sergei has no fears about his match fitness ahead of what is sure to be a high-octane neighbourly contest.
"I’m not training, but I played a few days ago and I think my form is alright."
By Richard Hubbard
Sergei Rebrov has handed Glenn Hoddle a terrific boost by declaring himself virtually certain to be available for selection on Sunday.