AC Milan and Italy striker Antonio Cassano moved a step closer to playing again following minor heart surgery when a 10-man commission approved his return on Monday.
Milan says a panel of experts gathered by the Italian Sports Medicine Federation judged Cassano's condition to be "favorable."
Cassano still has to wait for the definitive go-ahead, which will come from Milan's own medical institute.
The player was hospitalized after falling ill with stroke-like symptoms on the team plane following Milan's 3-2 victory at Roma on Oct. 29, then had surgery six days later to repair a small cardiac malformation.
He resumed training on his own in January and with his teammates Thursday, although time is running out for him to make Italy's European Championship squad.