Stuart Holden is targeting a return from a fractured leg for the final two games of Bolton Wanderers' season.
The USA midfielder has been sidelined for the past month after suffering the injury on international duty during a friendly against Holland.
Holden is planning to be back in full training within a fortnight and is optimistic he will be ready to play in the May dates against Tottenham and Birmingham.
"It's actually progressed well so I'm looking to start running, jogging next week and then getting full blast toward the end of the week and then hopefully back in full training in two weeks," Holden told Wanderers TV.
"I have to start training and build up a bit of fitness again, but I think I've targeted in my own mind the last two games - Tottenham away and Birmingham at home.
"Those are two games I'm looking to play in and help contribute and hopefully we're safe by that point and building to next season."
The 24-year-old had made just two appearances for the Trotters before injury struck and he insists returning for Owen Coyle's side is his priority.
However, Holden also acknowledged that proving his fitness in time to be included in the USA squad for the World Cup finals in South Africa is a target.
He added: "First and foremost, my duty is to the club, to Bolton.
"That's why I want to come back and make a stamp on the last two games of the season and show the fans what I showed them in my first two games.
"The World Cup is the bigger goal in mind. It's been a dream of mine to play in a World Cup so now that the opportunity is so close I'm going to do every little thing that I can control to put myself in the best possible position."