Injured Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is hoping to be back in training in the next couple of weeks, with his recovery from a knee injury going to plan.
The 26-year-old England international has been sidelined since the end of January after being injured in the 3-0 home win over Blackburn Rovers.
However, Cole is upbeat about his recovery and is looking forward to getting back into training as soon as possible.
He told the club's official website: "I'd like to be back training before the Carling Cup final, but sometimes when you set yourself targets and you don't meet them, you get down.
"But if I can get back training in another two weeks then I will be happy.
"I didn't actually rip the cruciate which is a good thing. If I had it would have been maybe eight to nine months out. Now it is probably six to eight weeks.
"I am hitting the targets a little bit early. The knee is getting stronger and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now."
Meanwhile, Joe Cole is also hopeful of returning to action this season after undergoing surgery on a stress fracture in his left foot.
He added: "I am starting to do partial weight bearing and everything is going to plan.
"Providing there are no setbacks, I'll be back this season. I am working as hard as I can and doing everything I'm told."