Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has stepped up his recovery from the back surgery he underwent in January.
Higuain took part in some light training as he looks to return to action before the end of the season.
The Argentine ace was expected to be sidelined for between three to four months after being forced under the knife.
Real are happy with his progress and he will undergo further tests before he can return to full training with the rest of the squad.
"(Higuain) began a new stage in his recovery process this morning. The striker worked out on the pitch today for the first time since his surgery and did ball work," Real said in a statement.
"Higuain will be subjected to diagnostic tests in the coming weeks before starting the stage in which he will gradually rejoin the squad."