Borussia Dortmund have been handed a huge injury boost after talented star Julian Weigl resumed full training following a three-month lay off with a broken ankle.
The 21-year-old sustained the problem during May's 1-1 Bundesliga draw away at Augsburg and has been sidelined ever since.
However, Dortmund took to their official Twitter account to post footage of Weigl taking part in training drills alongside his teammates, and the German giants now hope to have him available soon after the September international break.
The caption accompanying the video in the tweet said: "The match against Hertha Berlin is still too early for Weigl. His return is still one or two weeks away."
Weigl made 43 appearances in all competitions for the Westfalenstadion-based club last term as he broke into the first-team fold under previous manager Thomas Tuchel.
The combative defensive midfielder even notched his maiden senior goal for Die Borussia in the 2-1 away victory over Sporting in the Champions League, and that proved to be the pinnacle of his season as disaster struck just two weeks before Dortmund's DfB Pokal Cup showdown with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Weigl was substituted off the field just 23 minutes into the clash with Augsburg after colliding with Philippe Max, and was subsequently stretchered off the pitch.
His diagnosis came back after scans on his ankle in hospital, and revealed that a recuperation period of three to four months was required to allow his ankle to heal fully before he could return to playing again.
Tuchel bemoaned the loss of a key player at the time, and stated at the time that Weigl would be a big loss if he was out for a significant amount of time.
Weigl will hope to make his first appearance of the 2017/18 campaign under new boss Peter Bosz at some point in September if he is given the all-clear to do so by the club's medical team.