Embattled Serie A side AC Milan were given a boost a day after their Champions League heroics with the news that Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato could soon return to the squad.
Pato, along with fellow Brazil teammate Robinho, has been sidelined since the start of the season after he suffered an adductor muscle tear.
Robinho returned to the fray almost two weeks ago and Milan announced on their website Thursday that 23-year-old Pato took part in a full training session with the senior team for the first time since his injury.
It was hoped Pato would be fit in time for the Milan derby on Sunday, but with the international break on the horizon he is now be expected to be fit for Milan's visit Lazio on October 20.
Milan, the league runners-up in 2012, have had a disastrous start to the campaign and currently sit 11th with only seven points from six games.
However Massimiliano Allegri's side have got back to winning ways and gave fans a boost Wednesday with a hard-fought win away to Zenith St Petersburg in the Champions League.