Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel has shown great recovery from the injury that has kept him out of action for both club and country for some weeks now. This is no doubt, good news for national team coach, Gernot Rohr who has sorely missed the services of his experienced captain.
The Tianjin Teda captain has stepped up his recovery from injury by engaging himself in intensive ball work.
The 30-year-old who missed the 0-2 home defeat the Super Eagles suffered in the hands of the Bafana Bafana penultimate weekend in Uyo has also missed ten games for the Tianjin Tigers since suffering a strain in his side's 2-0 win over Chongqing Lifan - where he got his first league goal.
Mikel insisted that his recovery was going well and took a step towards his return to first-team action by taking part in ball work with his coach.
"Few more weeks and I'm back on the pitch with my boys #TianjinTeda #SuperEagles #recovery," he wrote on Instagram.
That meant he would face a race against time to be back for Tianjin's home game versus Shandong Luneng on July 9.
And having missed out of Nigeria's 2-0 defeat to South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, he will be expected to lead Gernot Rohr's side to victory against Cameroon in August's 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia qualifier.