Owen Hargreaves’ surgeon believes the Manchester United midfielder is close to resuming his playing career.
The 29-year-old was sent back to Dr Richard Steadman in Colorado for more rehabilitation work when he felt pain in his knee on his return to training after more than two years out of the game.
Hargreaves is due back at United’s Carrington training complex at some point this month, after which it will be down to boss, Sir Alex Ferguson,
“Things are looking good for Owen, it’s all worked out,” Steadman told the BBC.
“He’s close to playing fitness, although it’s obviously up to United to decide when he plays a match.”
A £17million signing from Bayern Munich in 2007, Hargreaves is now in the final year of his United contract.
“The problem was with the tendon attached to the patella on each knee, which is difficult to resolve,” added Steadman.
“After the surgery, the key was rest and working hard on recovery.
“Owen has spent a lot of time with us here in Colorado and he has never given up.
“The recovery was arduous and took a long time but his condition looks promising now.”