SIEM de Jong has returned to light training with Newcastle United.
Due to a thigh injury, the 25-year-old has made just three appearances since moving to Tyneside from Ajax in the summer.
The Dutchman – who was one of Newcastle’s highest-profile signings in the summer transfer window – is now able to train outside again, though, with a timescale for a return to match action still unspecified.
De Jong posted on Instagram: “Finally my boots back on! First session outside. #injury #NUFC”
Speaking a month ago, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said he hoped the club’s vice-captain would return in January.
He said: “I think I said some time ago that January, probably, is the earliest for Siem.
“So the Christmas programme looks out, which is a shame because obviously there are a lot of games in that period.
“We have got fingers crossed that he comes back in January ready to go, because the injury he’s got is such that we have to be very careful with his rehab and make sure that we don’t put him at risk.”