Inter Milan defender Benjamin Pavard should be able to start training without a knee brace next week.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews. The newspaper notes that then the Frenchman can begin the next phase of his recovery.

At the moment, Pavard is still wearing a protective knee brace.

The 27-year-old has worn the brace ever since picking up a knee injury during a Serie A match against Atalanta.

That match in Bergamo took place just under three weeks ago.

Pavard sustained the injury during a collision with La Dea forward Ademola Lookman.

And naturally, whilst wearing the brace, the former Bayern Munich man has not been able to start training to build up fitness.

But according to the Gazzetta, an end to this initial phase of recovery is in sight.

Inter Defender Benjamin Pavard Nears Removal Of Knee Brace

According to the Gazzetta, Pavard will be able to remove his knee brace next week.

This will signify a healing of the contusion to the knee that he picked up.

It will not, of course, mean that Pavard can return to the pitch right away.

The Frenchman will be lacking fitness, and will need to build it up.

But once the brace is off, the Nerazzurri defender will be able to start working on individual training to start doing just that.

Then Pavard can return to training with his fitness.

The 27-year-old should be aiming to be ready to be back in matchday squads within a few weeks.

This development comes not a moment too soon for Inter.

Pavard’s absence has left the team a bit light in defense in recent matches. This is particularly the case given the continued absence of Juan Cuadrado and some fitness doubts for Denzel Dumfries.

The 2018 World Cup winner will undoubtedly miss massively important Serie A matches against Juventus and Napoli.

But a return is on the horizon. Pavard should certainly bolster the squad depth in the busy weeks after Christmas.