Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has revealed that midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger could return from injury sooner than expected.
The 29-year-old went under the knife on Wednesday in order to try to rectify an ankle problem that also required surgery during the summer and a number of reports initially suggested that the Germany international was facing an extended spell on the sidelines.
However, Hoeness has stressed that the operation has been successful, meaning Schweinsteiger could make his comeback in the not too distant future.
"Bastian has texted Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. His surgery has gone very well," he said at Bayern's annual general meeting.
"We're very optimistic that his injury lay-off won't be as long as we initially feared. It's looking a lot better than we originally thought."
Schweinsteiger's last appearance for Bayern came in the Champions League win over Viktoria Plzen on November 5.