McGregor was injured in July, at the end of the first round of a three-way match against Dustin Poirier, who knocked out the former doubles champion in January.
McGregor said last month that He will be healthy enough to return to the game next spring, with a return to the Octagon likely to arrive as early as next summer.
“He’s trying a little bit to get back there and play again,” White said above Jim Rome Podcast.
“It will be a while before he can put some torque on that leg. April, for him to start training again in April is probably about to be right.
“He clearly still has the desire to play. You never hear Conor say: ‘You know what, man? I just don’t want this anymore. ‘ Do you understand what I mean?
“He’s obviously very rich, and he’s coaching like Rocky in Rocky III, but he still has the desire to compete and the desire to fight, and we’ll see what happens. ”
McGregor has competed in the Octagon four times since 2016, losing three of them – including two defeats to Poirier this year.
Several potential opponents have been linked to the 33-year-old player ahead of his expected return next year, including his old enemies Nate Diaz and Max Holloway, as well as new UFC fan favorite Michael Chandler.
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