Juan Bernat getting closer to returning to play at Benfica

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Juan Bernat's stint with Benfica, which has been marred by physical setbacks, is poised for improvement although nothing is secure when it comes to Bernat's health.

The PSG full-back, who is currently spending time in Portugal while on loan at Benfica through the next few months, has battled a few challenges upon his arrival in Lisbon last September, missing a month of play due to adductor issues.

Despite making his debut in early October, he suffered a relapse a month later, but he should be inching closer to making his return and start again from there.

Bernat has experienced a mix of starts and bench appearances throughout October. However, a training injury and myalgia in the left thigh adductors forced him to miss Benfica's last three matches in both the Portuguese league and the Champions League.

According to Record, the end of Bernat's woes is on the horizon. The Portuguese newspaper reported ahead of the weekend that the PSG loanee is nearing full physical recovery and is expected to rejoin collective training under the management of Roger Schmidt.

Bernat is anticipated to be back in action for Benfica's upcoming match against Inter Milan after the international break on November 29.

Having played in the first leg against Inter Milan, where he was involved in the only goal conceded, Bernat later featured for the final half-hour against Real Sociedad, missing the return due to his injury.

While this is not something that PSG might care about that much now, it's something bear monitoring in the event of a future sale: the healthier Bernat, the more his suitors, the higher the fee that PSG would be able to demand.