Jack Collison is desperate to get back on the pitch and play his part in rescuing West Ham from relegation after almost a year out with a knee injury.
The 22-year-old is close to making a return to action since he suffered cartilage damage in Wales' 1-0 defeat to Sweden last March.
The midfielder has set his sights on a return some time next month and is keen to play a vital role in making sure West Ham are not playing Championship football next season.
"I'm getting much closer now," said the Welshman.
"I should be back in with the team over the next few weeks and picking up training.
"It's just a matter of trying to find my feet and getting a few games under my belt.
"Fingers crossed, I'll be back playing before too long and doing my bit to help us out of the situation we're in. I want to do my bit this season if and when I can."
Having played a regular part in Gianfranco Zola's starting 11 last season, Collison admits it has been tough watching his club from the sidelines under the new leadership of Avram Grant and not being able to feature.
"I just love being out there playing football and it has been tough at times not to be able to do what I love - I haven't been able to kick a ball out in my garden with my little brother and have a kick-about," he added.