Derby captain Shaun Barker is making positive steps as he continues his rehabilitation from a long-term injury.
The 29-year-old is ruled out for the whole of next season after dislocating his knee cap as well as suffering serious ligament damage back in March.
The defender underwent surgery in April and has since been recovering at home.
"It has settled down a lot now and the swelling has gone down too. I've been out-and-about although I still can't put any weight on my right leg," he told the club's official website.
"I saw the specialist recently and he was happy with just how well I was moving and getting about, so that was really positive news in the very early stages of recovery.
"That is exactly what I am looking for at the moment, just to keep on getting positive news and a good reaction from the specialist every time I see him - every step, no matter how big or small, is a huge thing for me right now."