Manchester City midfielder
The 31-year-old, who underwent a hernia operation in
He told the club's official website, www.mcfc.co.uk: "Early signs are really good. The scars have healed really well, but we will see how I feel when I start playing again. Fingers crossed it will all have healed up.
"I think the worst of it is over now. There will be a two-week healing process, and I have started my rehab to try to get fit and catch up with the rest of the lads.
"I don't really want to put a timescale on it, but hopefully I will be ready for the main games starting.
"At the minute, my mind is just set on being fit and being out there 100 per cent and try and feature in as many games as possible this season."
English Premier League