West Brom defender Shelton Martis has undergone a successful double hernia operation and is confident he will be fit for the start of pre-season training on July 1.
Martis was dogged by injury problems last season before finally breaking into the first team. The Dutch defender has gone under the surgeon's knife now to ensure he will be ready for the Coca Cola Championship campaign as Albion look to regain their top flight status at the first attempt.
Martis said: "I will be back earlier than all of the boys to make sure I'm ready for pre-season training on July 1."
He added: "Getting the hernia done now means hopefully I can pass next season with less injuries than this year.
"It was good to start playing again towards the end of the season, good experience, but there are still things I need to improve on and that will come with time."
Martis is hoping he can continue to build a partnership at the heart of the Baggies defence with Jonas Olsson.
He said: "It was nice working with Jonas and hopefully I can continue that next season. I got my chance and you have to try and take it with both hands.
"It's going to be hard in the Championship but, with the team we've got, I think we can get promoted again.
"We ended the season quite well despite going down and if we can keep the momentum for next season it will stand us in good stead."
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