Leicester boss Sven Goran Eriksson is hoping long-term injury victim Aleksandar Tunchev will soon be back in action.
The Bulgarian international has been sidelined for almost two years after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage at Crystal Palace.
He has suffered a couple of setbacks in his rehabilitation but it is now hoped that the 29-year-old will return to action next month.
"He is in full training but can't train every day because the knee gets swollen," Eriksson said.
"I feel sorry for him, but he must be mentally very strong with all the injuries. He is a good boy, quiet and works hard both on the pitch and in the gym.
"I hope that we can see him back soon and I hope for the club and the fans that he can play games for us. I hope he can play a game by Christmas.
"I like him as a player. You can see, even if he is far away from match fitness, he is a very good footballer.
"He knows exactly what position to take up, he is calm, good on the ball and I can imagine that when he puts in tackles 100 per cent it will hurt."