Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri is hoping to make his return from a serious hamstring injury ahead of schedule in March.
The France international had initially been ruled out for six months after undergoing surgery on his hamstring back in November.
Nasri, though, says he is ahead of his recovery schedule and is hopeful of making his return before too long.
“The original estimate by the doctors was that I’d be out for between four to six months and the surgeon told me the same,” he told the official City website.
“But I’ve already done two months and I’m targeting the international break in March to be back properly with the squad.
“We have a schedule and at the moment we are ahead. We have a fantastic medical team here and though you always want to set targets to be back as a soon as possible.
“I want to return and be fully fit without any problems because this was kind of a big injury.
“The physios are having to be careful about how I recover, but I want to work hard and be back with the squad before the end of the season and I want to be back training normally with the team towards the end of March.”