Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph is on target to return to action in January.
The former Leeds player has been sidelined since April with cruciate ligament damage and he is currently in the United States for a short period to undertake some specialist training.
Villa assistant boss Gary McAllister, who gave Delph his breakthrough at senior level when in charge of Leeds, said: "Fabian is doing fantastically well. He's gone over to the United States to break his rehab up and he's done some training with a specialist over there just to break up the routine."
McAllister added: "It's been a long time out for Fabian and he's having five or six days over there and then he will be back.
"Fingers crossed, he'll be here (ready) in January."
Delph moved to Villa for £6 million in the summer of 2008 and McAllister has no doubt he can be a force for the midlands club.
He said: "He is a talented boy, no doubt about that, and honest player and someone I admire.
"He loves to play and he loves training. He's a bit frustrated at the moment but he is getting closer.
"This (break) has been a good chance for him to reflect and have a good look at the Premier League."
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.