Alex Gilbey made his long-awaited return to first team action on Wednesday evening when MK Dons took on Almeria in Spain.
Gilbey, 23, succumbed to a knee injury in February, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
Initial estimates scheduled a return date of Christmas time this year, however the midfielder could now be ready around October.
Gilbey was a second half substitute for Tisdale’s side in Spain, and made a solid impact on his first appearance back.
He teed up Kieran Agard before himself seeing a shot deflected over the cross bar.
As a precaution, Gilbey was replaced by Liam Sole with 15 minutes remaining as his recovery continues.
The match itself ended 0-0. Former Dons import Sergio Aguza, who moved to Stadium MK in 2015, also played a part in the match having signed for the Spanish side earlier this week.
Dons play their final friendly in Spain on Friday when they play FC Jumilla.