By Paolo Camedda
AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso could return to action in January, the player's agent has claimed.
The 33-year-old has been sidelined since the opening match of the Serie A season against Lazio in September, when he was substituted in the 20th minute after colliding with team-mate Alessandro Nesta.
Gattuso has since been diagnosed with sixth nerve palsy, a disorder which affects the movement of the eye, and it was initially feared that he would spend at least six months out recovering from the ailment.
However, the former Rangers midfielder is finding his fitness faster than expected and started training with the rest of the squad last month.
"I understand that he is much better than he was just recently and that his recovery is progressing well, so you will soon see him on the field," Andrea D'Amico told Goal.com Italy.
"The Milan medical staff believe that January could be the month of his return."
Gattuso has been at San Siro since 1999, when he joined the club from Salernitana.