Wigan Athletic defender Titus Bramble is hopeful that he will make a quicker than expected return from injury and be ready for the start of the new season.
The 28-year-old missed the final games of last season due to a stress fracture of the foot, but the centre-back believes that he is on track to return to the fold ahead of the expected 14-week recovery period.
He told the Wigan Observer:"The foot feels good.
"I've been in and out of the club over the summer and it's just a case of getting the strength back now.
"I think I'm doing as well as I could be at this stage and fingers crossed it stays that way.
"The initial estimate was 14 weeks out, but I'm hoping that was worst-case scenario. I'm definitely aiming to beat that and I think I can."