After missing the majority of the previous campaign with a broken leg sustained last September, the last thing Wolves midfielder Adlene Guedioura needed was to pick up a fresh injury in pre-season.
But the Algerian international's preparations for the 2011-12 Barclays Premier League campaign suffered another setback when he picked up an ankle injury prior to the season opener.
"It was my ankle that was the problem," Guedioura confirms. "I was trying to train pre-season and was having pain and because I wanted to be at 100 per cent I had to have the surgery which was done in Paris.
"It was not a big operation and not a big injury, just something that needed doing. After that I went to Qatar for 12 days to work on my rehabilitation and be able to come back quickly.
"That went well and I came back and had a few days with the physios and was then able to go back into training. I feel good and happy and fully fit without any pain."
Guedioura's hard work looks to have paid off, as he is now ready to make his long-awaited return - but knows that he faces a tough challenge in breaking back into Mick McCarthy's first-team.
"My season starts now and hopefully I can impress in training and be involved," he continued.
"No one likes to miss games but I've only missed three in the league and that's not a lot of games when you think about the whole season.
"Now I am motivated and have the desire to try and make an impact."