Everton captain Phil Neville is pleased with his progress following summer surgery on a knee problem.
Neville will miss the first match on the club's pre-season tour to Australia against Sydney FC on Saturday as he is still recovering from surgery back in May.
However, he is hoping to feature during the tour in order to prove hit fitness ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.
"It has actually been fantastic. It's been nine weeks now and at eight weeks I was allowed to start running," he explained.
"This week has been more of me slowly settling back into training.
"I have been doing one session a day with the team and another session in the gym to keep the strength up in the knee.
"As pre-season gets closer to the full season I will step up my training.
"I feel really fit, really strong, and for the first time in months I am running without pain in my knee, which is a great sign.
"There are three games this week and it would be great to take part in some of them and get some minutes under my belt."