Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry is targeting a swift return to action after undergoing abdominal surgery.
The 31-year-old, who underwent a hernia operation in Munich two weeks ago having being ruled out of the England squad for the Euro 2012 finals, is on the mend and raring to go once again.
Barry told the club's official website, www.mcfc.co.uk: "Early signs are really good. The scars have healed really well, but we will see how I feel when I start playing again. Fingers crossed it will all have healed up."
He added: "I think the worst of it is over now. There will be a two-week healing process, and I have started my rehab to try to get fit and catch up with the rest of the lads.
"I don't really want to put a timescale on it, but hopefully I will be ready for the main games starting.
"At the minute, my mind is just set on being fit and being out there 100 per cent and try and feature in as many games as possible this season."