Papiss Cisse could be back in weeks, and not months, after returning to the training field.
The Newcastle United striker suffered a groin injury before Christmas and it had been feared that Cisse would be out for up to three months.
But head coach Steve McClaren today revealed that Cisse was "progressing well" in his rehabilitation.
McClaren said: "He's been out on the field running. He could be back (in training) next week)."