Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has targeted a return to action at the start of next season.
The Netherlands international has been out of action since suffering season-ending knee ligament damage at the beginning of November.
Van Nistelrooy has been on the sidelines for almost six months following surgery, but has revealed he is now close to making his return to training.
"I think I will be able to return to training in a month. It feels good and I am optimistic," he said.
"I'm looking forward to kicking a ball again and playing a match.
"I will have to wait until next season, but I am very enthusiastic and very motivated."