Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner has teased the possibility of handing Gunners boss Arsene Wenger a massive boost by returning from injury before the January transfer window closes, using his Instagram page to suggest that his recovery from an ankle knock is ahead of schedule.
Bendtner suffered sprained ankle ligaments a matter of moments after slamming home his second goal of the season from close range against Cardiff City on New Years day, rolling his ankle under a challenge from Bluebirds goalkeeper David Marshall just moments after breaking the deadlock.
Gunners boss Wenger expected the Danish international to spend around three weeks on the sidelines, but could have Bendtner back for next weekend's Premier League clash with Aston Villa, with the forward responding quickly to treatment from Arsenal medical staff.
The 25-year-old is now waiting for the green light to resume light training, with a post on Instagram this morning showing the striker getting treatment on his right ankle with the message: "Ankle is getting there. #arsenal #arsenalfamily #afc #23."
Wenger may now choose to hold fire on plans to bring in strike cover this month, despite being persistently linked with the likes of Diego Costa and Jackson Martinez.
The Frenchman claimed last week that any January business would be dependent on Bendtner and Olivier Giroud returning to full fitness, with the prospect of fresh faces in North London definitely decreasing with today's injury update.
Giroud is back in full training alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, helping to cushion the blow of losing Theo Walcott for the remainder of the campaign due to a knee injury.