Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects Eduardo Da Silva to be back in competitive action within three weeks.
The Croatia forward has been sidelined since suffering a compound fracture on his left fibula and a dislocated ankle in a Premier League match against Birmingham City back in February.
The 25-year-old's career was thought to be in jeopardy immediately after he suffered the horrific injury, but seven months of steady rehabilitation has left him close to a comeback for the reserves.
Eduardo, who joined the Gunners from Dinamo Zagreb in 2007, had scored 12 goals in 31 appearances prior to picking up his injury.
"Eduardo is three weeks away from playing competitive football," Wenger told the club's AGM on Thursday.
However, Wenger doesn't believe fellow injury absentee Tomas Rosicky will return to action from a serious hamstring injury before Christmas.
The Czech Republic midfielder has already been out of action since late January and was forced to miss Euro 2008 with the long-running problem.
"He should be back after Christmas," confirmed Wenger.