Deportivo La Coruna defender Jorge Andrade is set to return to action in October.
The 28-year-old tore the patellar tendon in his left knee during Deportivo's defeat to Barcelona on March 4 and has been recuperating ever since.
Andrade had hoped to be fit in time for the club's pre-season but will now have to settle for next month, with doctors expecting him to 'return to work in the first two weeks of October'.
The Portugal international missed the World Cup as a result of his injury and is desperate to get back on the pitch, although he is aware that his long-term fitness must be the priority.
"I am optimistic but also realistic and my main objective is to recover completely," he explained.
"I have suffered a great blow and it is not easy to come out of it positively but I am trying very hard."
Clubs from England, Italy and Spain have been linked with Andrade in recent months, but the centre back is staying focused on Depor.
"Several clubs have been interested in my services but at the moment I am thinking only of Deportivo," he said.