Gabriel Jesus has returned to training with Manchester City seven weeks after breaking a bone in his foot.
The Brazil striker underwent surgery after fracturing a metatarsal in City’s Premier League victory at Bournemouth in February.
Manager Pep Guardiola said last week Jesus – who turned 20 on Monday – was ready to resume some form of training and the club have now confirmed he has done some “light ball work”.
Jesus’ progress raises hopes he could return to action before the end of the season. It was initially feared he may not play again this term.
A report on the club’s website confirmed the player “stepped up his recovery from injury today when he returned to the training field for the first time since February”.
Jesus made a big impact after joining the club from Palmeiras in January, scoring three goals in five appearances and displacing Sergio Aguero from the side.