Andrew Flintoff is hoping to play championship cricket for Lancashire this summer despite requiring further surgery on his knee.
The two-time Ashes winner quit Test cricket following last summer's victory over Australia, and swiftly underwent surgery that he hopes will extend his career in limited-overs cricket.
After seeing a specialist this week, the 32-year-old was told his recovery was on track but that another minor operation was required that rules him out of the Indian Premier League.
However, if the next six month's rehabilitation goes to plan Flintoff could be representing the Red Rose county in the four-day game.
"My goals have changed since last summer," said Flintoff. "I trust the surgeon, Andy Williams, implicitly and he is very pleased with the progress of the micro-fracture operation.
"When I first had the operation I did not think I would be able to play anything other than one-day cricket.
"But the news of my recovery has led me to believe I may play in all forms of cricket for Lancashire.
"First and foremost I have to prove to myself that I can regain my fitness and perform for Lancashire.
"My first love remains playing for Lancashire and I want to help them win trophies and hopefully I can help achieve that later this summer."
The all-rounder insists that the desire to play for England again is driving him on.
"It is disappointing not to be able to play for Chennai who have been very supportive throughout my time with them," he added.
"But I took this decision because I love playing cricket and want to give myself the best chance of extending my career.
"I have worked extremely hard over the last few months to get to this position and realise there is a lot more hard work in front of me if I want to return and play international cricket again.
"But if I am going to go through another six months of hard rehabilitation and training for long hours, I need a big incentive to be the driving force of that and playing for Lancashire and England again will become that.
"During my time in rehabilitation I have been watching England playing well in South Africa and it has made me realise how much I have missed cricket.
"For the first time in my career I have watched old footage of myself playing on youtube and I want to get back to playing like that again."
Lancashire cricket director Mike Watkinson was happy with the news.
"The latest update from the specialist indicates that Fred's right knee is recovering better than anyone expected following surgery for a micro-fracture," Watkinson said.
"It's this very positive report which has led to Fred's decision to play more than just one-day cricket for Lancashire.
"It is disappointing that he won't be able to return to action until midway through our season, but to have a stronger Fred available for all formats of cricket can only be a great thing for Lancashire."