Jack Grealish will make an early return from injury and could be back playing for Aston Villa by the end of this month, Sky Sports News has learned.
The 23-year-old, who was wanted by Tottenham last summer before signing a new five-year deal at Villa, has not played since early December due to a shin injury picked up in the derby match against West Bromwich Albion.
Manager Dean Smith said before Christmas the club could not give any timescale for his return, because the injury had left the club medics "scratching their heads".
Since then, Grealish flew out to Dubai with a club physio to do some rehabilitation in a warmer climate.
He returned to training after a week in the Middle East, and is running with almost his full body weight.
Grealish's comeback is a timely boost for Villa's promotion challenge, who are four points off the play-offs with 16 games of the season to go.
They play fellow promotion contenders Sheffield United on Friday night, live on Sky Sports Football.