Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has confirmed that injury-jinxed striker Valeri Bojinov has returned to training at the Premier League club.
The 22-year-old, who missed most of last season with a serious knee injury, suffered an Achilles injury during the warm-up for the clash with Aston Villa on the opening day of the new season.
That left Bojinov requiring another round of surgery and facing around six months out of action.
Hughes told the club's official website: "He's back with us now and will be starting his rehabilitation in earnest.
"He was showing everybody his scar yesterday, like a war wound. I've seen scars from that type of injury before and they looked a lot angrier than Valeri's does.
"It looks excellent in fairness and we're very hopeful given where the tendon snapped. If there is a good place it was the optimum position, right in the middle, so the prognosis is really good for him.
"We've kept in touch while he's been away and he's got the right type of personality to be able to deal with these setbacks.
"He's had to be positive because he's had a number of them so early in his career.
"But he's a positive guy at the best of times, so he'll get his head down now and work extremely hard, like he always does."