Juan Bernat could return from a ruptured cruciate ligament as early as February, and the Spanish left-back is also hoping to win a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain before the season is out.
Bernat has been PSG's first-choice left-back since joining the French champions from Bayern Munich in 2018, but a knee injury sustained in the opening day 1-0 win over FC Metz means he has spent much of the season watching on as Layvin Kurzawa and Mitchel Bakker have occupied his position.
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A cruciate injury used to be a career-ender, but Bernat has made a speedy recovery with the help of PSG's medical team, and he hopes to return to action in the second half of the 2020/21 Ligue 1 Uber Eats season.
"I hope to be back in February or mid-March," the 27-year-old, who has won five major honours since arriving at the Parc des Princes, told AFP. "I believe that everything will work out and I want to stay here for many more years."
Bernat's current contract expires in the summer. PSG's Round 26 fixture against AS Monaco - chance for revenge for Friday's 3-2 reverse - would appear to be a realistic target for his return.