Birmingham striker Kevin Phillips has targeted the local derby at West Brom in just under two weeks time for his return to action.
The 37-year-old suffered a torn thigh muscle injury in the pre-season friendly with Real Mallorca in early August.
But he is now stepping up his fitness programme and hopes to be in contention for the Hawthorns clash on September 18.
Phillips signed a new one-year deal in the summer after impressing primarily as a substitute last season.
He told the Birmingham Mail: "The injury is fine. I'm not getting any more pain or symptoms. It's just now a case of trying to catch up on fitness, trying to tick all the boxes with the medical staff.
"We're not far away. I'd say if you're going to ask me when I will be ready, Liverpool on Sunday is probably a bit too soon. I will need at least a week's training with the lads so I'm hoping to be involved in some capacity in the West Brom game."