Liverpool's Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani is on schedule to return to full fitness.
Aquilani was signed from Roma for £20million on August 9, while still recovering from ankle surgery.
It was thought he would be out for a further six to eight weeks and after a scan to assess his recovery rate, Liverpool have been encouraged by the results.
Manager Rafael Benitez said: "Alberto is improving. We were talking before about six to eight weeks and after a few weeks his ankle is much better, but he will need time.
"He's working in the swimming pool and in the gym, and working with the physios, but he's not jogging yet. We cannot put a date on things and it's important to just see how he progresses.
"We are checking on him regularly and he had a scan in the past week which showed he is much better. It's just a case of keeping an eye on him every day."