Peterborough United striker Dave Hibbert is hoping his injury nightmare may finally be coming to an end.
The 26-year-old has not played since dislocating a kneecap
during an FA Cup tie against Stockport in November 2010.
"I'll start integrating back into training as of next week," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
"Obviously I've got to build my fitness up, so it's just a case of getting some good training under my belt and hopefully no reaction."
He continued: "I've got to have a day on the pitch running or training, and then a day strengthening in the gym.
"That's the way I've got to go and I've got to accept that I can't do everything I want to do all the time. It's just a case of managing it.
"So far it's been OK. You get the odd little reaction that I have to let settle down but it's a lot better than where I was."
Hibbert started just a handful of games for Posh after joining the club from Shrewsbury following the 2009-10 season.
Hopes of returning last season proved premature
and Hibbert accepts he may have to go out on loan before he pulls a Peterborough shirt on again.
"The gaffer [manager Darren Ferguson] said if I do go, he doesn't want me to go anywhere until I'm a hundred per cent because it's not doing anyone any favours then.
"Until I reach that point I'll be staying here and working hard to get fit as quickly as I can," Hibbert added.