Manchester City could welcome back Robinho from injury in two weeks, according to manager Mark Hughes.
The £32million Brazilian has missed City's last five games with an ankle injury picked up while on international duty in September.
However, Hughes has revealed that the British transfer record signing is now close to resuming training.
Robinho could make his first-team return in the Carling Cup tie against Scunthorpe United on October 28.
"Robi is not far away, he's probably got about 10 days and then he can return to the group," he told the club's official website.
"He's working every day, we're trying to get him back as soon as we can but with a bone injury there is a certain length of time to give the injury."