Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry is confident that he can be fit for the start of the new season. The former Aston Villa midfielder injured himself prior to the start of the Euro 2012, which ruled him out of the competition. It was initially thought that that injury was sufficient to keep him out of the start of the new Premier league season. However, Gareth Barry has made sufficient progress in order to be fit for the opening match of the season for Manchester City. The newly crowned Premier league champions will be taking on the newly promoted Southampton.

Gareth Barry has said that he cannot wait for the new season to start. Manchester city are currently on the pre-season tour of Asia like Arsenal and many other Premier league teams. They recently defeated Arsenal 2-0 in a friendly match, but Roberto Mancini stated that he still needs five players in order to compete at the highest level in Europe. Gareth Barry was instrumental in helping Manchester City lift the title last season. He is expected to be partnered in the midfield alongside Yaya Touré at the start of the new season, as he has sufficiently recovered from his injury.

"Early signs are really good. The scars have healed really well, but we'll see how I feel when I start playing again. Fingers crossed it will all have healed up. There will be a two week healing process and I've started my rehab to try and get fit and catch up with the rest of the lads. I don't really want to put a timescale on it, but hopefully I'll be ready for the main games starting," said Gareth Barry on the official website of the club. Gareth Barry was a £ 12 million signing from Aston Villa back in 2009.