Goalkeeper continuing recovery from injury
BEN Foster is hoping to call upon the expertise of Olympic triathlete Jonathan Brownlee as he continues his recovery from major knee surgery.
While most players are off on their post-season breaks, Foster has been in every day working out at the training ground gym.
Foster sustained his injury in mid-March but is making good progress - he remains on target for an as-scheduled October comeback.
And the England international also has a 500-mile bicycle ride from London-to-Paris to focus his mind during the coming weeks.
Foster will be raising money for Cure Leukaemia, alongside former footballer Geoff Thomas.
Ex-Wolves man Thomas has been in remission from Leukaemia since 2005 despite being given just months to live at one stage.
Foster's training schedule for that event is running in parallel with his rehabilitation.
And he is looking forward to working with Brownlee, who claimed bronze medal in Olympian triathlon in 2012 (his older brother Alistair claimed gold).
Brownlee, also the 2012 Triathlon World Champion and 2013 silver medalist, is expected to hook up with the Albion man in the coming period.
"It (Foster's recovery) is progressing every week, I can start doing a little bit more and I can do more dynamic stuff," said Foster.
"We have spent a lot of time down at the David Lloyd gym doing a load of different things over there
"We are hoping to go up to Leeds in the next couple of weeks to do some training with Jonathan Brownlee the triathlete.
"I have my charity bike ride coming up in about two-weeks time so at the minute there is a heavy focus on that as it benefits my legs hugely as it builds the muscles up."
Foster continued: "So far I have had no setbacks or no twinges or pain, the rehab is going well.
"The rehab with the physio has been good and varied, I have been able to make use of lots of different venues, different gyms and different places to go and train so I haven’t been bored.
"Anyone who has had a long term injury will tell you that standing inside the four walls of the gym can be disheartening and can zap your enthusiasm."
Foster is in good nick considering the severity of his most recent injury.
But he will not return any earlier.
Asked whether he was ahead of schedule, he added: "No, you can’t get ahead of schedule with a cruciate it is a six month minimum and you can’t come back any earlier, just for the fact that they had to drill holes and take tendon away and attach it all in and screw in so it takes time to knit in properly.
"We are looking at mid-October, you have to do the six months I knew that from the start so there is no point getting down about it because you know you can’t come back any earlier."