Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard says he is at least two months away from a return to full training, after a serious knee injury ruined his first season with the Cottagers.
The 28-year-old played just four times for Fulham after signing from Wigan Athletic, before suffering a dreadful injury in the 2-1 victory at Newcastle United in early September last year.
Bullard has started light training with the rest of the Cottagers squad, but accepts a return to action is still a long way off.
He told the club's official website: "If all goes well I should be training with the first team in about eight weeks, but with an injury like mine there could be a hiccup, so it's a case of fingers crossed.
"At the minute there's been no swelling or pain, so it's going really well.
"It's hard because I'm doing separate training, but the manager's been fantastic and has started to bring me in to train with the first team as much as possible.
"To be right for the Premier League it's got to be spot on and that's what I can't rush. I've been told the knee be stronger than ever, so I can't wait.
"To be honest I just can't wait to get back out there and do the business again."