FC Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones expects to be back in action before the end of the season, just in time to try and impress for the USA World Cup squad.
Despite the fact Jones has not yet represented the country where his father hails from, he is a strong chance to be included in Bob Bradley's squad, but only if he gains full fitness at club level in the German Bundesliga.
"I've started training with the ball and it went well," Jones told MLSsoccer.com. "After a break due to further treatments, I will practice with the ball in the next days. I am looking to take part in the team's training in the upcoming weeks.
"It is frustrating," Jones added. "But I have learned to listen to my body which tells me when I am ready."
Jones has played for Germany, the country of his birth, on a few occasions but decided to switch allegiances on October last year and would love the chance to play for the USA if he was to be picked.
"It was a good experience to get together with the team (when the USA played Holland last month)," he said. "I have talked to the coach, but not about tactics. It was nice to be welcomed warmly by my new teammates.
"It is my goal to play for Schalke this season," Jones declared. "I am just focusing on my comeback for the club at the moment. A further engagement for the U.S. National Team depends on my comeback and fitness.""