Radamel Falcao's recovery from a serious knee injury is on track, according to an update from his club Monaco.
The Colombia striker suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage in his side's Coupe de France clash with minnows Monts d'Or Azergues last month and it was feared he would miss the rest of the season and the summer's World Cup.
But Dr Jose Carlos Noronha, who operated on him in Portugal, offered an encouraging prognosis in late January when he said of Falcao's World Cup hopes: "The light at the end of the tunnel isn't small."
And a statement on Monaco's website on Wednesday read: "Radamel Falcao has successfully completed the first phase of his recovery further to the operation on his left knee.
"AS Monaco FC and the player would like to thank all the people who took care of Falcao in Porto, in particular the medical department of Doctor Jose Carlos Noronha and the FC Porto club.
"Radamel Falcao is going to pursue from this Thursday the second phase of his recovery in the sport clinic in Madrid, in close collaboration with the medical department of AS Monaco FC."
Falcao was signed from Atletico Madrid last summer for a reported 60million euros (around £50m), having previously played for Porto.
He has scored over 30 goals in each of the last four seasons and, with 11 from 19 games, was on course for a similar total this term until his injury.