Michael Schumacher is making such good progress in a Lausanne rehab clinic he may be home before the end of the summer, a Swiss newspaper has claimed.
The Formula 1 legend has been said to have been getting better since he was transferred from a hospital in Grenoble, France, to a unit near his Swiss home.
The news comes at the same time as reports in Croatian media claiming neurosurgeons have been invited to plant a microchip into his brain that will help him on the road to recovery.
Four months ago it was reported that his devoted wife Corinna and his family had invested heavily in transforming parts of their mansion home in Gland into a medical centre for him, complete with state of the art machines and a separate building for carers to live in.
The newspaper reported that a new building with no outside steps has been constructed on the grounds of the mansion. It is thought that this will be used as the long-term care home for Schumacher.
It is understood that he remains paralysed and communicates with his wife and children Gina-Maria, 17, and son Mick, 15, by fluttering his eyes.
Doctors at the Lausanne clinic hope to have Michael sitting upright in an advanced electronic wheelchair that he can control via his mouth within a few weeks.
According to the Croatian media meanwhile, Croatian doctors Darko Chudy and Vedran Deletis, who have developed a revolutionary microchip implanting technique, plan to use the technique to help the Forumla 1 star.
It is believed that the microchip will help him to walk and talk again after his extended period in a coma.
This technique had already helped other patients.
'We've had a case with Croat schoolboy and he started to walk after two months,' Doctor Darko Chudy confirmed in a short interview with local media.
But he added that he cannot talk about the Schumacher case, other than to confirm that there had been contact and it is believed his technique would be able to help.