Tottenham's Alex Pritchard is progressing in his return from injury.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Alex Pritchard has offered an encouraging piece of news as he continues his rehabilitation from injury.
The promising youngster had to undergo surgery earlier this month on an ankle injury sustained for England at the European under-21 Championships in the summer, SkySports reported.
He recovered from the original injury to feature and score for the under-21s early in the season, but was still experiencing discomfort, and needed an operation to 'correct' the problem.
Pritchard sent out a message last night via Twitter updating fans he is set to have his protective cast removed from his ankle, a key first step in his recovery.
Cast off tomorrow— Alex pritchard (@pritch_93) October 21, 2015
Pritchard will at first simply begin getting used to walking without the cast before starting light training activities, but is not expected back any time soon just yet.
SkySports had reported Pritchard is not expected back until 2016, and his return can't come soon enough for all those waiting to see him in action.
The youngster impressed on loan in the Championship for Brentford last season, helping them reach the play-offs, and had high hopes of establishing himself in the Spurs first team this season, as a back-up at least for Christian Eriksen.
There is still time for him to do so in the second half of the campaign, which is why he must take his time with his recovery rather than rush and risk another setback.
Supporters were keen to wish him well, replying to his update via social media.
@pritch_93 Good news hope to see you playing soon speedy recovery COYS— stuart clement (@stuartclement2) October 21, 2015
@pritch_93 hooray. Hope the recovery goes well. Have wanted to see you in the first team since I saw you v inter a few years ago :)— Bere Seel (@randombere) October 21, 2015