Ngoma has not kicked a ball for his club since a 4-2 league defeat to Polokwane City in May last season, having been ruled out with a recurring knee injury picked up in training while with the South African Cosafa Cup squad in June.
The 28-year-old started light training with the Citizens squad early last month, yet his return was delayed by the poor condition of the club’s training pitches, hampering the one-time Bafana Bafana international’s progress.
Yet coach McCarthy says the winger is now raring to go, and could be back in contention following the current FIFA international break.
“Aubrey is upbeat,” McCarthy said. “I had a conversation with him, and he said, ‘Coach, I’m in the mood now. I’m hungry.’ And that’s what I wanted to hear.
“After we come back from this nice long break, don’t be shocked if Aubrey is back in the mix, as he’s really looking good and has his hunger back. And it’ll be a big boost for the team, like signing a new player.”
Ngoma contributed a healthy 17 assists and eight goals in his 36 matches last season, as City claimed Telkom Knockout honours and finished third in the league at the end of the campaign.
They currently sit third, two points behind log leaders Baroka FC who they face in their next Absa Premiership encounter next Tuesday.