Defender sets end-of-month return target
JONAS Olsson will pull on his boots for the first time tomorrow as he steps up his recovery following a recent foot operation.
The Sweden international underwent a minor procedure on his left heel at the end of November to ease pressure on his Achilles tendon.
Olsson has been undergoing rehab since then and will tomorrow enter the home straight of his recovery.
He hopes to be back in action by the end of this month.
"I feel good," said Olsson.
"I had a bit of bone shaved off on my left heel - to ease the Achilles. It's quite a common procedure. They smoothened the bone out so hopefully it will make the Achilles move better.
"I am six weeks post op and I'm getting there slowly.
"It's always frustrating with rehab as you don't feel part of the team - you're in your own little bubble - and that's tough because you want to play games but I'm getting there.
"I'm just happy that I'm able to do more rehab and get closer to full fitness
"I've been running in my trainers for a week - tomorrow I put on my boots for the first time to do a bit of ball work.
"When you're in boots, outside, people know you're getting close to full fitness.
"Gradually I hope to join in with the team.
"You always have a target in your mind but with an injury like this it's important not to have a target to motivate your - also if you have a target you run the risk of rushing things.
"A reasonable goal would be the end of January. If it's earlier then fine, but hopefully by the end of this month."