updated 10/22/2010 AT 12:45 PM ET
•originally published 10/25/2010 AT 8:30 AM ET
Two months after a car accident left Sofia Vergara’s boyfriend with a broken leg and fractured pelvis, Nick Loeb is back up on his feet.
“He’s so much better,” the Modern Family star told PEOPLE at last week’s Freedom Bay St. Lucia’s Lingerie New York. “He’s starting to walk on crutches … finally.”
And is the hunky Loeb’s physical strength a factor in his speedy recovery? “Yeah, yeah, of course,” said Vergara, 38. “If not, it would have taken another person a lot more time. He’s very strong.”