Preston North End star Jermaine Beckford has made progress towards his return from injury, according to the Lancashire Evening Post.
Beckford is yet to return to full training, but has taken part in ball work with the rest of the squad.
The 32 year old was Preston’s hero at Wembley last season, scoring a hat trick as they were promoted to the second tier with victory over Swindon Town.
However, a knee injury has limited him to just two substitute appearances all campaign.
The injury required surgery, which has resulted in his return to the first team not being rushed.
The strikers cartilage was repaired with micro fracture surgery, where small holes are drilled into the bone near the damaged area, helping to build new cartilage.
Beckford’s experience has been missed by Preston this season, especially at the start of the campaign.
However, he has now taken a step towards a return to first team action.
Preston boss Simon Grayson said: “Jermaine is not back in full training yet but he has done a little bit of ball-work with the squad.”
“It is at the lower end of the spectrum but he is moving along nicely and we are really encouraged by that.”