Yossi Benayoun is targeting Chelsea's Barclays Premier League game at Stoke next month for his long-awaited return from injury.
Midfielder Benayoun, who suffered a torn Achilles during his second start for the club in September, has already resumed light training.
The 30-year-old hopes to be match fit by the end of the month, meaning he could make his comeback in the April 2 clash at the Britannia Stadium. He told the Jewish Chronicle: 'I'm feeling really good and progressing well.
'I hope to return to full training with Chelsea within a week or two. My hope is to be match fit towards the end of the month.'
Benayoun revealed his devastation at being told he would be ruled out for several months.
The Israel captain, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool last summer, said: 'It wasn't easy to be given the verdict about the injury.
'But the moment I'd undergone the operation and the surgeon told me about other players who had fully recovered from the same injury and returned to play, I began to feel calmer.
'I really believe in myself now and I've been running for quite a few weeks, sometimes with the ball.'
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