Torquay midfielder Ian Morris could make his return from injury next week, just 25 days after undergoing knee surgery.
The former Leeds and Scunthorpe United man has been out of action since the beginning of October, but trained with the first team on Thursday.
And Gulls' manager Martin Ling believes Morris, who needed an operation to clear out some floating material from his right knee, has a good chance of playing in next Tuesday's reserve-team game against Brighton at Plainmoor.
"Ian has been working intensively with [physiotherapist] Damien Davey, and he has made a lot quicker recovery than expected," said Ling, speaking to the Western Morning News.
"Saturday's game against Crewe will come too quick for him, and we will need to assess him each day. But we have pencilled him in for the reserve game against Brighton on Tuesday. After that, who knows?"