Scott Dann is happy with his progress following a hamstring injury, but does not expect to play a part in Birmingham City's battle for Premier League survival.
The centre-half suffered a serious hamstring problem in the Carling Cup semi-final tie with West Ham United in January and was ruled out for the campaign.
He is steadily stepping up his recovery and is confident he will be back in full training by the start of next month.
However, with Blues fighting to avoid relegation, Dann feels it may be unwise to attempt a first-team comeback before the season is over.
"It's going well at the minute," said Dann. "I am in the gym doing a lot of strengthening work, building my muscles back up, and I hope to start running next week.
"If everything goes to plan I will be back training in early May.
"But, when you have been out for so long, you need to train for a couple of weeks then get your match fitness back.
"In the position we are in the players need to be right on their mettle.
"So although, all being well, I will be training before the end of the season, it may be too soon to play. But I'll just take every day as it comes."
He added: "This is the longest I have been out but it has gone quicker than I thought it was going to.
"The physios have helped me a lot and it's about getting it right from now on and not rushing and making sure I come back stronger."