Louis Saha has stepped up his recovery process after returning to Everton's training base for the first time in two months.
The 32-year-old has been sidelined since March 19 with an ankle injury, but is now back at Finch Farm to begin rehabilitating in order to be fit for the start of the new season.
And, although Saha is unable to enter into full training with his teammates, the Frenchman is just pleased to back in the mix again.
"I can't join in with training but I'm happy to start my rehabilitation," Saha told evertontv.
"I've been on crutches for quite a while now, but I'm pleased to be around the boys again and I've seen that they've been doing very well.
"I think the squad here have done pretty well without me, so we need to make sure that we make a better start (next season) with everyone fit and well."
Prior to his injury, Saha had been in fine form indeed - scoring nine goals in 11 appearances, including four in one game against Blackpool.
As seems to be the story of his career, the striker was struck down as he was beginning to show off his exceptional talents - but Saha is positive he will come back stronger from the latest in a long line of setbacks.
"It's always been the case, I always get an injury when I've started to build a bit of momentum," he added.
"At the time the pain was immense, so believe me, I was thinking about doing the right things to be back on the pitch one day."
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