Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden is aiming for a September return to action as he continues to recover from a broken leg.
Holden has been out of action since March. In addition to the fracture, Holden also had 26 stitches to close the gash.
The US international said he is doing everything possible to speed up his rehab, but he isn’t rushing to return to fitness.
Holden said: “There have been different phases of rehab. I was on crutches, then I was limited in my walking and now I'm starting to do a little bit more work.
“It is like someone is dangling the carrot in front of you and the obvious end goal is getting out on the pitch. I can't wait for that moment, but I'm pleased with my progress and I'm taking it one step at a time.
“If it was up to me, I'd be back out there with the lads now, but my body is telling me when I can and when I can't..
“I'm doing everything I can to make sure I can speed that process up. Some of it is just the healing and letting nature take its course.”
Bolton manager Owen Coyle has said that he won’t rush Holden back in to action, leaving his return up to the player himself and the team’s medical staff.
Holden added: “I'm hoping to be back maybe at the end of September or early October, but I don't want to put a date on it. If I'm not ready, I'm not ready, but if I am ready before that, then I'll be out there, contributing and hopefully helping the team win.”