Burton defender Ryan Austin could be back in action next month after stepping up his recovery from a knee injury.
The 25-year-old has been out of football for nine months but is close to making his long-awaited comeback.
"Everything in terms of my recovery is going to plan," Austin told the Burton Mail. "I just can't wait to get back out there and play some football."
Albion boss Paul Peschisolido added: "He's already joining in and we'll be looking to arrange a game for him to play in during next the three or four weeks.
"I'm not one for putting a timescale on players returning from injury, but in Ryan's case I think it's safe to say he's not a million miles away."