Nottingham Forest defender Jack Hobbs has revealed when he expects to return to full training.
The centre back has been missing since suffering a grade two hamstring tear in February’s memorable draw at Blackpool.
But Hobbs told nottinghamforest.co.uk it won’t be long before he’ll be available for selection once again.
He said: “I’m well on with my rehab and back out on the training pitch with the physios.
“I should hopefully be joining in with training next week and then pushing to be in the squad.”
Hobbs has been an impressive performer since his arrival from Hull City, but injury has halted his progress at The City Ground.
With his latest set-back almost behind him, Hobbs is now looking to put the foundations in place to piece together an extended run of games.
He said: “I’ve been doing a lot of foundation and stability work and I’m now hoping to stay fit until the end of the season.
“I want to get a full summer under my belt to build a really good platform for myself to push on in the next campaign.
“I’ve missed a few pre-seasons now, which hasn’t been helpful.”
Despite Hobbs’ absence, Forest have continued their excellent performances under manager Dougie Freedman.
And, while the defender realises the form of his team-mates will make it hard for him to break back into the side, he is thrilled with the team’s upturn in fortunes.
Hobbs said: “It’s nice to be looking up the table instead of down. We go into every game confident we’re going to win. That’s a great feeling to have and a habit you want to form. It creates a nice buzz about the place.
“There’s great competition for places in the centre back position alone. It’s going to be difficult to get my place back, but to see the lads doing well is fantastic.
“We can have a real push now with nothing to lose.”