Cristiano Ronaldo wants to return to action before Real Madrid play Barcelona at the end of November. He hopes to take a step forward by returning to full training next week.
The Portuguese star has missed Los Merengues' last nine games and is becoming frustrated at being sidelined for such a long spell.
With a crucial Champions League encounter against FC Zurich followed by a trip to Barcelona coming up, he is eager to be given the green light to start playing again.
"I'm not a doctor, but I can say that I'm feeling better all the time," he was quoted as saying by Marca.
"I've already started to run. Next week I hope to be with the squad, but we will have to wait to see what happens."
"I'm anxious because I cannot play and this is what I like most.
"Of course I want to be able to face Barca, which is one of the great games, but I also want to be able to play before then."
At the start of the season the media produced the label 'Ronaldodependencia' because of his ability to seemingly win matches single-handedly, but the player does not agree.
"Everybody talks about this, but I've said several times that I'm not the saviour. I'm only a player who wants to help my team-mates and my team," he added.
Lucas Brown, Goal.com