Romanian international Vlad has missed 12 matches with a back problem and last started against City on January 29 while club captain and fellow centre-back 'Daws' suffered a hamstring injury at Chelsea on March 8, ruling him out of our last four games
Head Coach Tim Sherwood spoke to us after training on Tuesday.
"Vlad has been out for a while and we have to make sure we take our time with him," he said. "We're pleased to see him back in training this week and we're looking to drop him back into Friday's Under-21 game against Arsenal at the Lane.
"He's trained well and he hasn't felt any reaction to his back, so we're well pleased with that.
"Michael trained at the end of last week as well, we're pleased with his progress and most of all, delighted we've more players from which to select from."
Below - Vlad in training on Tuesday...