Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is hoping to return to full training at the end of March.
The Belgium international injured his knee and ankle ligaments during City’s Capital One Cup semi-final victory over Everton in January.
However, the 24-year-old, who has managed nine assists and five goals in the Premier League this season, says his recovery is going to plan.
Speaking to Manchester City’s official website, he said: “I hope to be back training with the squad in five weeks, after the international break at the end of March.
“Everything’s going according to plan. I’ve already been working cautiously for four weeks now: doing some squats, training my muscles. Now the brace is off, the real work is about to begin.”
The playmaker admits he has found it tough being on the sidelines but was happy to be part of Manchester City’s celebrations after their Capital One Cup final victory at Wembley.
He continued: “It was difficult. I hate sitting in the stands. I’d rather watch a match at home, because once you’re in a stadium, you always want to be on the pitch.
“It’s a weird feeling to miss a final, but I’m really happy we’ve won. It’s my first trophy over here and hopefully not my last. I only missed this game in this campaign. That happens.”