Inter Milan defender Benjamin Pavard has started working on improving his fitness without a knee brace.

This according to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, via FCInterNews.

Pavard had been wearing a protective knee brace for several weeks.

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

That match in Bergamo took place over 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 that’s come to an end.

Sky report that today has been the day for Pavard to start his personalized recovery program so that he can build up match fitness – without the protective brace.

Benjamin Pavard Begins Work Towards Fitness Without Knee Brace

Pavard is of course still some way from being able to train normally with his teammates.

The 27-year-old’s knee has still not fully healed, and he has gotten back into condition.

But today, Sky reports, Pavard has been able to start therapeutic work without the protective brace.

This represents an important development in the Frenchman’s development. It means that the initial healing phase of his recovery is on course.

Therefore, it looks as though Pavard should be able to spend the coming weeks making a full recovery and then gaining full match fitness.

Projections have long suggested that Pavard should return to the pitch sometime around the holidays.

Therefore, it could be at the end of December that the 2018 World Cup winner comes back.

It is still far too early to say exactly how long it will take for Pavard to gain match fitness.

But as of today, the Frenchman is back in individual training.