Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has revealed that Robinho could be ready to make a return to first-team action in ten days time.
A stress fracture of the ankle has kept the Brazilian forward out of action since City's game with Portsmouth at the end of the August, but Hughes is hopeful that he could return against Scunthorpe United in the League Cup.
"'Robi' is not far away, he's probably got about ten more days and then he can be back in the group," Hughes told City's official website.
"He's working every day, we're trying to get him back as soon as we can but with a bone injury there is a certain length of time to give the injury."
Hughes also had good news regarding Michael Johnson and Roque Santa Cruz, who have both made returns from long-term injuries in recent weeks.
He added: "They are both back in the fold, but they still need games and we are looking to get some more match-play into them, if we can, in between being involved at first-team level.