West Bromwich Albion defender Neil Clement retains hope of returning to action before the end of the season, as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury.
The 30-year-old left-back has not featured for the Baggies at all this term and the chances are he will have to wait until next season to get back in action.
However, an upbeat Clement told the Birmingham Mail: "It's true I'd like to play this season, but I don't want to get my hopes up and then end up feeling devastated because I didn't get back.
"But I have just started jogging. It's February now and I am looking at two months from now, which is April. That only leaves a month of the season, but that would still be nice.
"It happened last year when I came back and we managed to go up, which was a nice feeling.
"It would be nice to come back and do the same this year as well, but we will see what happens.
"It's five months since my operation. Normally with this injury they reckon six to nine months before you get back.
"I'm making sure I do everything right, because if I rush back too soon I could really do quite a bit of damage."