Nortje has not played since last year’s Twenty20 World Cup after being sidelined with a back and hip injury.
Ponting said the 28-year-old has resumed bowling in the nets and would play Thursday’s match against IPL debutants Lucknow Super Giants in Mumbai.
“I think he has to get through another maybe four or five-over spell at 100 percent capacity and then I think if he gets clearance from Cricket South Africa, he should be right to go,” Ponting said.
“We have got a few more days before our next game, so hopefully he is available for selection for that one.”
Former Australia captain Ponting was also looking forward to the arrivals of compatriots Warner and Mitchell Marsh.
Warner has landed in Mumbai after being rested for the limited-overs leg of Australia’s tour of Pakistan, while Marsh is recovering from a hip strain.
“Davey should be there for the next game and Mitch Marsh for the game after,” Ponting said.
“He (Marsh) picked up that slight hip flexor strain in Pakistan. So we need to get a lot of treatment work into him and obviously a few good training sessions before he is available for selection.”
Delhi are currently fourth in the IPL points table after winning one and losing one.