Sulley Muntari is hoping to recover from a knee injury even before his expected due date.
The Ghana and AC Milan midfielder last week underwent surgery to repair ruptured anterior cruciate ligaments after suffering an injury during an exhibition game in Accra.
The 27 year-old player has already started physiotherapy sessions just days after the operation which had ruled him out for six months.
Muntari thinks he can be ready for before January 2013 but he is not pushing himself too early.
ďIt is the first major injury of my career, I have been quite lucky really. I was playing football with my friends, not on the beach though Ė I donít go the beach, I canít swim. It was a normal pitch. I could have picked up an injury playing for the national team, instead it happened in these circumstances. It hurt and so I immediately called Milan. Is Adriano Galliani angry with me? He has every right to be, but I know my body and what its reaction will be: I will be back soon. Iím not saying Iíll recover in a couple of days and I know I canít push myself too far, but I will be back soon. January? Earlier. In any case, the club has stood beside me and will wait for my complete recovery.Ē
The Ghanaian who joined Milan from rivals, Inter in January, scored three goals in 13 Serie A appearances last season.