Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus has undergone successful surgery on his knee, and is eyeing a return to football in early 2018.
The German international sustained ligament damage against Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB Cup final and had an operation earlier this week.
As quoted by the official Bundesliga website, Reus took to Instagram to reassure his fans and said: "Hi fans, I hope you're all doing well. Last Wednesday I had an operation on my posterior cruciate ligament.
"The surgery went well and I'm on the road to recovery. I'll now start a relatively long period of rehabilitation, which I'll go into with everything I've got! I'll give my all to be back on the pitch again soon. I've always come back strong and will do so again this time.
"We have a lot of plans with our new Dortmund coach Peter Bosz and with the national team at the World Cup in Russia. My main aim is to be in peak fitness in the new year so that I can go all out in the business end of the season.
"Thank you so much for all your support. It means a great deal to me and gives me strength for the difficult time I have ahead of me. I wish Jogi Löw and the boys all the best at the Confederations Cup. Yours, Marco!"
The 28-year-old only made 17 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, scoring seven goals and making four assists.