Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry is making good progress in his recovery from a hernia operation but is not setting a comeback date.
Barry has not played for Roberto Mancini's team this season after being sent for surgery over the summer, but he is now closing in on a return.
He has got some minutes under his belt for the Elite Development Squad and hopes to return to Premier League action as soon as possible, although he will not be rushing things.
"I've had two outings with the Elite Development Squad now - 45 minutes against Middlesbrough and 80 against Liverpool and I felt a lot better in the second game so things are progressing nicely," Barry told the club's official website.
"I had a double hernia operation which meant an initial four weeks out, but then I tore a muscle in rehab which set me back a little bit, but I don't think I'm too far off now - touch wood! I'm just taking things one day at a time but I'm feeling quite strong again which is really good.