Florian Lejeune is due back on Tyneside this month to step up his rehabilitation.
The Newcastle United defender ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in pre-season.
Lejuene has been working in Italy since undergoing an operation in Rome early last month.
The 27-year-old – who has been posting updates on Instagram – could be back early next year.
Asked for an update on Lejeune's return, United manager Rafa Benitez said "He is getting better – you have his Instagram!
"He will come back maybe in one week He's doing his rehab in Rome, special facilities."