Moritz Volz hopes he's just a fortnight away from competing for a first team place at Fulham.
The German fullback told fulhamfc.com: "I've had a long-term problem with my shoulder, which dates back to the FA Cup game against Stoke last January - it meant I couldn't take throw-ins pain free. Just before pre-season I had pains in my groin; all around my pubic bone was inflamed and sore, which meant that I had to train in pain all pre-season.
"Then I picked up a bruising in my foot at Aston Villa at the beginning of the season. It just got to a stage where all these problems added up and led to new ones. Then, after the Reserve game against Reading about eight weeks ago, I felt really bad and couldn't cope with it anymore. So I haven't trained for eight weeks. I've done a lot of rehab work, a lot of long days trying to get back fit.
"Over the last two weeks I've had treatments, mainly on my back, and I feel good now, and I've been able to do more since then. So hopefully, when I join back in with training, it will be good for my body and my body will show the right reaction, with the pain decreasing further. I've got some extra fitness work to do for the next two weeks to get match fit again, and then, once I'm fit and available for selection, I've got another task on my hands - getting into the team."