Winston Reid is set to return to training with the first-team squad after nearly four months on the sidelines.
The West Ham United centre-back has not played since suffering a high ankle sprain in training at the end of October. Reid underwent surgery to stabilise his joint before spending a month resting and embarking on his rehabilitation.
The No2 has missed West Ham's last 15 games and was also forced out of New Zealand's FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-Off defeat by Mexico in November.
However, there is now clear light at the end of the tunnel for the Hammer of the Year, who revealed that he is just days away to returning to full training.
"I suffered a high ankle sprain and there was a ligament that was torn in there, so they had to repair it by putting a screw through it to stabilise the joint," Reid explained. "Now, it's pretty much good to go again.
"It was painful when it happened and it got even worse in the couple of days afterwards, but after that it settled down and I thought it was OK. Unfortunately I had to have an operation and it took a little bit longer than I expected.
"People probably don't understand but you work hardest when you are injured because the days are pretty long. I've been working in the gym and trying to get my body back in shape after spending the initial four weeks after the injury doing nothing, because I wasn't allowed to.
"I had to keep my foot elevated and off the floor, but the last seven-odd weeks I've been working hard to get my fitness back."
The injury occurred at an inopportune moment for both Reid and the Club, coming as it did after the defender had helped West Ham to keep six clean sheets in their opening ten Barclays Premier League matches.
"Injuries never really come at a good time, but that's part of football and I've got over it and I'm looking to finish off the season well.
"I'm as close as I've ever been to returning to training, so hopefully in a week or so I'll be out there again. We'll just have to see how it feels as to how we play it."