Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech insists he could return to full training as early as next month.
There had been fears that the Czech Republic international would not play again this season after fracturing his skull in the win at Reading two months ago, but he is happy with the way his recuperation is going.
"I feel better, improving every day," he told the club's official website. "I can start training a little bit in the gym and the swimming pool so it makes me feel a lot better.
"The last week has been great because I could start working, I could even start to play tennis.
"I can be at the training ground and see the people I like to see, and that is better for my confidence and better for my feelings.
"I hope this way I can make it back earlier than expected.
"Of course I am tired when I do the training session because my body is still a little bit tired. But it has improved massively because I can work twice a day and at the end of the day, I am tired but I am tired because of the work, not just because of the walking. So it has been great to discover this.
"There is still time to go with the skull fracture because it has not healed and I have to be patient with that, but hopefully that will go quickly as well.
"It is looking like that, in about the middle of January, I will be able to start training in the goal. So I will just try to enjoy the time with my family, enjoy the time with the lads at the training ground and now I have plenty of time to work."