Pep Guardiola expects Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne to return to training in the next few days.
The Belgian playmaker suffered a knee ligament training in August and was initially ruled out for up to four months.
However, Guardiola confirmed he is close to being able to rejoin his team-mates.
“He’s making the last steps,” said the City boss. “He’ll start taking a small part in training in the next days I think. Everything is going well.”
Guardiola says Benjamin Mendy is also making good progress but confirmed the defender was late arriving for a treatment session on Sunday after tweeting a picture of himself at Anthony Joshua’s world title fight in the London the previous night.
“He should be here. He knows it. I spoke with him,” Guardiola said.
Meanwhile, Guardiola says Phil Foden must be patient in his quest for a first Premier League start.