Van Nistelrooy on course for summer return

MADRID - Real Madrid's Ruud van Nistelrooy is on course to recover from surgery to his right knee in time for the start of the 2009/10 Primera Liga season, the striker said.

The former Manchester United talisman has been out of action since November 2008.

"I think I will be able to return to training in a month. It feels good and I am optimistic. I'm looking forward to kicking a ball again and playing a match," the former Dutch international told sports daily Marca on Tuesday.

"I will have to wait until next season, but I am very enthusiastic and very motivated," said the 32-year-old, who had surgery in November after damaging a cartilage in his right knee. He was ruled out for between six and nine months.

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