Injured Russia midfielder Alan Dzagoev may resume training with the team before the knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup, the team said on Wednesday.
"Dzagoev is continuing to recover after injury. His condition is improving, which could allow him to resume training with the team before the knockout stage," the team said via their official Twitter account.
Dzagoev sustained a hamstring injury during Russia's 5-0 drubbing of Saudi Arabia on June 14.
On Sunday, the 28-year-old CSKA Moscow player said that he was unlikely to recover in time for Russia's remaining two Group A matches against Egypt and Uruguay.
Russia are on the brink of reaching the knockout stage for the first time, after failing to do so in their previous three World Cup outings.