Valencia defender Asier Del Horno has begun his lengthy rehabilitation from an Achilles injury.
The 25-year-old underwent surgery on the injury last month after the problem flared up prior to the World Cup in Germany.
Despite the injury, Del Horno completed his switch to Valencia from Chelsea and his new employers had hoped for a quick recovery.
However, surgery will keep him out until March at the earliest and he has begun his recovery after just ten days of rest.
The Spanish international is working with club physiotherapists after being cleared by doctor Antonio Giner.