Steven Taylor is itching to get back into action for Newcastle following his long injury lay-off.
The Magpies defender has not featured for the first-team in the last 10 months due to a combination of knee and shoulder injuries.
However, the centre-back, who is currently on the club's transfer list, is on the verge of returning to training.
Taylor, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is expecting to have a fight on his hands for a place in the first XI with Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson impressing in the heart of defence.
He told the club's official website: "Words can't describe the frustration - this has been torture for me.
"It's been a long road, and it'll be emotional for me to come back and play at St James' Park, but I'll relish that chance.
"I can't wait to get out there. I've had so much frustration with this injury. I can't wait to get back out in front of 52,000 fans at St James' Park.
"I'm not great at watching games - you feel like a nobody.
"If you're a footballer, you need to be playing on that pitch. I've got to get back fit, and get on the pitch. It's my job."
Taylor has sat back in admiration at Toon's performances this season and the 24-year-old has paid tribute to manager Chris Hughton and his side.
He added: "People wrote us off before the start of the season, but the lads have been fantastic, they've been proving them wrong. The atmosphere around the place is fantastic, and the spirit's high.
"When I get back fit, I'll be in contention. I've got a lot of respect for Chris for giving me that opportunity.
"To have him and my team-mates 100 per cent behind me is all I've asked for.
"Everyone at the club has been brilliant, and I've got to thank the medical staff for their help. I'm raring to go, and just looking to pull on that number 27 shirt again.
"I'll probably train with the reserves, and I might be back in contention by the end of the month. I'm absolutely dying to get back."