The Baggies skipper has struggled with a calf injury during pre-season and has revealed that he is in danger of missing the August 18 opener against Liverpool at The Hawthorns.
"I've had a couple of decent days this week and I'm hoping if everything goes alright I'll be back in full training next week," he told Express & Star.
"It's really frustrating because I've missed out on a lot of fitness work as well.
"Also, I haven't played any football yet - other than the few training sessions I got involved in.
"The nature of the injury means it's difficult for me to run on it, which is a bit of a nightmare.
"If I want to be involved against Liverpool I'm going to have to play some football."