Stoke striker James Beattie is eyeing a return to first team action before the end of the season.
The 32-year-old completed 90 minutes in a reserve game with West Ham on Tuesday evening after suffering from a knee injury that has kept him out of action since February's 1-1 draw with Manchester City.
The former Everton man underwent surgery on the problem towards the end of March and now wants to figure in Tony Pulis' plans for the season's remaining fixtures.
The Potters have six games left to play and virtually secured their Premier League status by defeating struggling Hull City on Saturday.
Beattie told the Stoke Sentinel: "It was good to play the full game and the knee feels fine. Hopefully I can force my way back into the first-team in these last six games."
Beattie's future at the club had been put into doubt earlier in the season following a reported bust-up with manager Tony Pulis, however he has taken the opportunity to reaffirm his commitment to the Potters' cause.
"I'm a Stoke player and as long as that is the case I'll continue to do my best for the club," he added.