It is widely believed that Chase Utley will make his long-anticipated return to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park tonight.

If rehabbing first baseman Ryan Howard has his way, he won't be far behind.

Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced Tuesday that Howard will return to Philadelphia today for functional testing on his left Achilles. If he passes testing, he will begin a rehabilitation assignment with single-A Lakewood Thursday.