Cristiano Ronaldo is on track to be fit for Real Madrid's 'El Clasico' showdown with Barcelona later in the month after being given the all clear to return to training.
The world record £80million winger has missed Real's last nine matches with an ankle injury picked up in a Champions League games against Marseille in September.
Ronaldo took part in a light training session on Monday and Tuesday and a further round of medical tests have given him the green light to step up his comeback on Friday.
"After being observed throughout the day by Real Madrid's medical services and Dr Van Dijk - as well as undergoing a clinical examination that included x-rays - it was decided that Cristiano Ronaldo should continue his recovery protocol until the final pre-established date which is next Friday, at which point he can resume group training," read a club statement.
Real are scheduled to take on La Liga rivals Barcelona on Saturday November 28.