Preston midfielder Barry Nicholson is staying positive after stepping up his recovery from a broken leg.
The 31-year-old broke his tibia and fibia during Preston's 2-0 win over Peterborough in August after a collision with George Boyd, and has just removed the cast from his leg.
After successfully completing the initial stages of his rehabilitation, Nicholson can start to step up his program now he is wearing a knee brace as support, without having to operate.
"This procedure has been around for a while now, it will help me move easier," he told the club's official website.
"If I can get weight through it then that helps the healing process. It was a little bit sore yesterday, obviously the whole cast had given me total protection and there was no way that anything was going to move about.
"But once I got that off and got this on the leg's had to get used to it, but I can take the pain and if it gets me back fully fit then I'm quite prepared to do it."
Nicholson went down in front of the dugout at Deepdale, and has revealed he thought it was his shinpad that had made a snapping sound, not his leg.
"Yeah it was the bone," he said. "I thought it was the shinpad and at that stage I'd tried to get onto my knees and said to the physio that I was feeling alright but he quickly grabbed me and pinned me down.
"I think they knew at an early stage that something wasn't quite right. When I was lying in the dressing room on my stretcher I heard them mention that the tib and the fib had been broken; it took me by surprise a bit."