Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen is hopeful he will be fit for the start of the new season, with the Belgian defender targeting a return to action against Crystal Palace.
Spurs travel to Selhurst Park on August 18 as they kick off their Premier League campaign against newly-promoted Palace, with the defender hoping to shake off an ankle injury he picked up against Sunderland last month.
After picking up the injury during the club's 3-1 defeat at the Asia Trophy, Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas ruled him out of their first league game, however the 26-year-old feels he may be closer to playing than previously thought.
"It was two weeks ago that I was injured in Hong Kong and I'm making a lot of progress," Vertonghen said.
"I'm starting to run, but the next game is in 10 days' time so it is going to be quite close.
"You never know what can happen and I will always aim for the best and hope next week I'll be very close."
Vertonghen impressed in first season at White Hart Lane following his move from Ajax last summer for an undisclosed fee.
He made 33 appearances for the club in his debut campaign, scoring four goals as the club narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification on the last day of the season.
He was also selected in the team of the year at the PFA awards.
Spurs continue their pre-season preparation with a home fixture against Espanyol on Saturday after they were beaten 5-2 by French side Monaco last weekend.
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