Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori's rehabilitation has gone well so far.
The 27-year-old called it a season after suffering a secound-round loss to France's Gael Monfils at the Montreal Masters.
The 2014 US Open runner-up made a decision to take a long break as he is eager to fully heal his troubled hip.
Nishikori, who clearly wasn't at his best this year, didn't win a single title and has slumped to No. 22 in the world.
Nishikori has been confirmed for the Brisbane International.
The Japanese has been starting his campaign in Brisbane the last six seasons.
"Kei's rehabilitation is on track and the medical team is satisfied with the current progress," Nishikori's manager told Reuters in an email.
"Having said that, we will only get a clear picture as to the exact point of return to the tour once Kei is back on the court and practicing at 100 percent capacity.
"The goal is to be practicing at full capacity in December and be ready for Australia. We will learn more in the next month if this is feasible."
Nishikori lost in the 2017 Brisbane final to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.
The Japanese would love to be ready for Brisbane and get some action under his belt before the Australian Open.