Striker Marko Arnautovic could make his return to full training with the rest of the Inter Milan squad as early as this week.
This according to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, via FCInterNews.
At the moment, Arnautovic is out with a thigh strain.
The veteran former West Ham United, Stoke City, and Bologna striker picked up the problem during a Serie A clash with Empoli in September.
The injury is a serious enough one that it has already caused Arnautovic to miss several weeks of action.
And the initial prognosis seemed to suggest that the 34-year-old could be out until the end of November.
The initial return date looked to be Inter’s Serie A clash away to Juventus.
The Nerazzurri travel to Turin to take on the Bianconeri in a potential top-of-the-table clash on November 26. That is their first match back from the international break.
However, Arnautovic may even be able to be back before then.
Marko Arnautovic Back In Full Training With Inter
Arnautovic has now missed the entirety of October recovering from his thigh strain. It had always looked likely that the Austrian would be out until November.
But Arnautovic may not actually have to wait until late in this month to make his return to the pitch.
On the contrary, Sky report, the 34-year-old could be back in full training this week.
In recent weeks, Arnautovic has been focused on his own individual recovery program.
But now, the striker’s condition has gotten to the point where he could well take to the pitch as part of normal training sessions with the rest of the group.
That is not yet a guarantee, as Arnautovic is still far from 100%. But a return to full training is now not far away on the horizon.
The 34-year-old may not necessarily be right back into matchday squads, though.
Inter face Atalanta next Saturday. And then, there are matches against Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League and Frosinone in Serie A.
It is not yet clear which exact matches Arnautovic will be available for.