It’s about him getting comfortable, coping with all the training, seeing that the knee is not getting inflamed, it is looking very good so I don’t think that will happen.Pep Clotet.
The Dutch midfielder has been sidelined since April after damaging the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The 29-year-old subsequently underwent surgery and has been battling his way back to fitness.
"The plan is he (Kieftenbeld) starts training with the team after Christmas, so in January - with a view to improve his fitness, work with the team and get his fitness right,” said Blues’ Head Coach.
"He is very stable, very good and he has already started with some physical work, so possibly it will be quick for him after Christmas.
"Then it’s about him getting comfortable, coping with all the training, seeing that the knee is not getting inflamed, it is looking very good so I don’t think that will happen.
"And then start getting some minutes for his confidence, possibly in a 23s game, which I need to discuss with him and build him up slowly.
"But he is strong, he is working very hard, with a very good mentality and very good professionalism and I think the plan will work."