Leeds United goalkeeper Ross Turnbull expects to be fit for the start of pre-season training after coming through a second operation.
Turnbull, who broke an ankle in a training ground friendly in October and has not played since, revealed that he needed nine screws to repair the damage and suffered from scar tissue as a result.
Leeds sent him for clean-up surgery shortly before the end of the season but Turnbull, who made only one appearance in his first campaign at Leeds, is on course to be ready for full training when pre-season begins.
“I’m back in the gym now and spending time on the bike,” he said.
“It’s all about building things up.
“I don’t think I’ve ever said before in my career that I’m looking forward to pre-season, but I am this year. If everything goes to plan, by the end of May I should be in a decent place.”
Leeds signed Turnbull on a two-year deal from Barnsley last summer but were forced to use youngsters Charlie Horton, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Eric Grimes as understudies to Marco Silvestri in his absence.
Turnbull said: “I’ve got nine screws in my ankle. It was a fractured dislocation. I also did all the ligaments around it.
“When the doctor looked at the X-rays, he said: ‘You’ve done that good and proper’.”