Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez is happy with midfielder James McCarthy's progress, as he continues his recovery from a serious ankle injury.
The 22-year-old has been sidelined for nearly a month and is expected to be challenging for a return in late January after undergoing a recent operation.
Martinez told the club's official website:"James has progressed a lot over the last few days in his post-surgery phase. The ankle has reacted very well to the treatment, which we're delighted with.
"Probably after Friday we'll start working on the active part of his recovery, but all the signs are that the surgery was a success and we're excited to see how the ankle is going to progress over the coming weeks.
"It's too difficult to say exactly when he'll return, but I'm looking at around the third week in January as a guide.
"At the moment we're working day-to-day and making sure things are strengthening as they should.
"We need to make sure that when he does return he is fresh and excited to be playing again and obviously that he has benefitted from all the work we're doing with him during this time."