Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni says Wesley Sneijder is eager to return from injury as soon as possible but insists he will not rush the Dutchman back.
Sneijder has not featured since September 26th after picking up a thigh injury during Inter's 2-0 win at Chievo in Serie A.
Stramaccioni has hinted the 28-year-old playmaker is close to a return but says he will not be hurried.
"I like what I've seen from him, he's highly motivated," Stramaccioni told Inter's official website.
"He wants to return as quickly as possible, he's getting restless but, as you know, players will only return if they're 100 per cent. I don't like to rush anyone back.
"He had his first tests with Dr. Combi yesterday (Tuesday) and when he's available for selection then we'll talk about his return to action."
Inter host Partizan Belgrade in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday and Stramaccioni says they head into the clash with confidence after a run of four successive wins in the league.
"We are in a moment in which we are working in a good way," he said. "We are calm and with our feet on the ground."
The coach added: "It is clear in our minds that we must work and grow match by match.
"Tomorrow's game is really important. Should the result be positive, we could make an important move in the race for qualification."