CONOR MCGREGOR's return to the octagon will be determined when he can 'start taking kicks again.'
The UFC's poster boy is currently recovering from the horrific broken leg he suffered in his trilogy fight with lightweight rival Dustin Poirier.
McGregor, 33, is making a faster than expected recovery and already feels capable of throwing one of his wide array of kicks.
But UFC supremo Dana White won't rush The Notorious back into action until his left leg can absorb strikes, telling Jim Rome: “This kid needs to heal up.
"I don’t know how fast that leg is going to recovery.
“It’s basically going to be all about when can he start kicking again and, more importantly, when can he start taking kicks again.
"That will determine when he fights again.”
McGregor's recovery so far has amazed White, who told the Australian Daily Telegraph: "Conor seems to be healing up pretty well.
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"The question is: When can he start kicking again?
"If he could take kicks, then he'd be looking at a fight before the end of the year again, so it all depends on how fast that leg heals."
Despite being on the road to a rapid return, McGregor admits the arduous process hasn't been easy mentally.
He told YouTuber Adam Glynn: "I was upset for a little while.
"It has not been easy, you know what I mean?
It’s basically going to be all about when can he start kicking again and, more importantly, when can he start taking kicks again
"There's been a few ups and downs on this [journey].
"It's probably one of the wildest things that's ever happened to me in my life. Know what I mean?
"It's not been full smooth sailing, but I've got through. I've had my family and my close team by my side.
"And we're getting there. Still a long away [to go]."
McGregor and his team are exercising extreme caution with the major injury, although the Irishman is adamant he won't let it get the better of him.
He continued: "I don't want to get too far ahead of myself.
"But like I said, I feel like I could kick now.
"I'm not advised to kick yet, but I'm gonna get back, man. You think a broken bone is gonna stop me? Think again."
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