Aston Villa defender Jores Okore is confident that he will recover from his injury in time for the start of next season.
The 21-year-old centre-back has been on the sidelines since mid-September after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee.
The Denmark international, who joined Villa from Nordsjaelland last summer, has now stated that he expects to return to full fitness for the 2014-15 campaign.
"It (the recovery) is going well right now," he told BT. "I am doing some training with the team.
"But I am not training full out. At the moment, it is rather up to me whether I feel it is a good idea to get myself back for the last matches or whether I shall focus on next season.
"That is what I am discussing with (Villa manager) Paul Lambert. Right now, it looks like I will have to focus on the coming season.
"In case Denmark were playing at the World Cup, then it would have been a different matter.
"Then, I would have planned my rehab training differently. But I do not really have anything to fight for this summer.
"At this level, you have to expect tough competition and then it is up to me to prove that I am better than the ones they buy.
"Of course, I would prefer that they don't bring in someone in my position because that would prove that they have got confidence in me.
"I managed to play before my injury, but that was just two or three matches and I still need to prove myself over a longer period."