Real Madrid’s Ruud van Nistelrooy has said he is on course to recover from surgery to his right knee in time for the start of next season.
“I think I will be able to return to training in a month. It feels good and I am optimistic. I’m looking forward to kicking a ball again and playing a match,” the former Dutch international told sports daily Marca. He added: “I will have to wait until next season, but I am very enthusiastic and very motivated.”
The 32-year-old had surgery in November after damaging a cartilage in his right knee. He was ruled out for between six and nine months.