Fulham midfielder Mahamadou Diarra has stepped up his recovery from a knee injury as he tries to prove his fitness to Fulham boss Martin Jol.
The out-of-contract midfielder hasn't appeared for the Whites since last December after having an operation to clear up the problem.
However, the former Real Madrid star is on the road to recovery and back training at Motspur Park.
And Craven Cottage chief Jol has revealed the 32-year-old is closing in on a return to fitness.
"Diarra is coming back, he's probably at 50 per cent," said the Dutchman.
"He's not really fit but if there's no contact like in possession games, then he can join us in training.
"He's not quite there where we want him to be yet."