Stephan El Shaarawy close to Milan return

The 21-year-old has been kept out of action for the majority of the season with injuries but is making progress in his recovery and will soon return to full training

Stephan El Shaarawy is set to resume full training with AC Milan in the coming weeks as he recovers from a foot injury.

The Italy international has endured a frustrating campaign thus far due to injuries and has been restricted to just seven appearances in all competitions for Milan, with his last coming in the 0-0 draw with Ajax in the Champions League group stage in December.

A fractured metatarsal saw him miss two months of action in the early stages of the season and was later sent for surgery in December by the club.

However, there appears to better news on the horizon for El Shaarawy after Milan posted an update on his condition on their official Twitter feed.

"Stephan El Shaarawy can begin athletic work with a view to resuming full training with rest of the group in the coming weeks," the statement read.

The 21-year-old was a prominent figure in Milan's first-team last season, scoring 16 goals in 37 Serie A appearances.

His recovery will provide a boost to a Milan side that has struggled in Italy's top flight this term - they currently lie in 11th position, a massive 40 points behind leaders Juventus.