Blackpool skipper Barry Ferguson has stepped up his rehabilitation following ankle surgery last month.
The 35-year-old, who has missed The Seasiders' last seven games, has been given the OK to resume some light fitness work.
"I got the go-ahead last Monday from the surgeon to step up my rehab. That's me obviously getting the boot off now and I'm doing exercises and a bit of running on a machine that takes my body weight. I'm ahead of schedule by a week or two, which is pleasing, but I'm still a few weeks off playing," he told the official website.
Ferguson sustained the injury in a collision against Millwall, yet still lined up to face Leicester City at Bloomfield Road days later.
"I played the last 20 minutes of the game and I played on the Saturday against Leicester, when I shouldn't really have. That's me - I just wanted to play because the team was doing well and I was enjoying my football.
"I went to the best surgeon about and he's done a great job on me. He's been happy with me so I'll hopefully be raring to go soon."
In his absence, The Seasiders have continued their fine start to the campaign and have lost just two of their opening 15 fixtures. It's evident to see that Paul Ince has signed some big characters.
"That was a big part of his game," Ferguson admitted. "I think it's important at a football club that you've got big characters in your football side. We've certainly got a lot of characters in our team."