LEE Grant has his sights set on recovering from a minor operation on his knee to play a part in Derby County's pre-season matches.
Rams' number one goalkeeper underwent surgery at the end of May and he has yet to figure in the friendlies.
He sat out the games against Matlock Town, Ilkeston, Nuneaton Town and Northampton Town.
Derby still have matches to play against Notts County tomorrow, Russian side Zenit St Petersburg and Slavija Sarajevo from Bosnia-Herzegovina on the tour of Austria next week, and then Burton Albion and Glasgow Rangers.
"We have lots of games in pre-season, so there's time to catch up. I'm looking forward to playing my part in some of the friendly matches," said Grant, who was ever-present last season.
The 31-year-old is ready for a gruelling couple of weeks on the training ground as he builds his fitness and works towards a return to full training.
"While the boys have been hard at work, I've been in the gym working on my rehabilitation, but I'm doing well and am happy with my progress," he said.
"I don't think I've avoided the pre-season running totally, certainly not with [goalkeeper coach] Eric Steele in charge.
"I really enjoy working with him but I think I might be cursing him a bit in the next few weeks with the workload I'll receive!
"I've been doing as much as I can with him to keep my eye in, as it were, so it isn't too much of a shock to the system.
"I am sure there are some gruelling sessions awaiting me as well but it's something to look forward to. The work I have been doing has been very intense to make sure I'm not too far behind the lads."
Grant admits it has been frustrating to be out of action.
"I am trying to put all the hard work in so when I get back into the games, I won't be too far behind," he said.