Michael Essien has delivered an upbeat bulletin on his recovery from knee surgery, but is still not sure when he might be able to get back out on the pitch.
The Chelsea midfielder ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament at the start of pre-season training and initial estimates were that he would be sidelined for most of the 2011/12 campaign.
Essien has not enjoyed the best of luck with injuries and admits it has been difficult to set out on the rehabilitation process once again.
However, he is working as hard as possible to return to action and is keeping a positive frame of mind.
The 28-year-old Ghana international wrote on in his blog on the official Chelsea website: "The injury is well-documented so I will not dwell on it, however I can say I have had a good operation on my knee and I am definitely on the mend.
No specific date
"My days are filled with physio sessions from 10am to 5pm and it is a gradual process which I am confident will lead to the results I want.
"I have been here before and know the routine inside out now but it's still hard work as I hate to watch games on TV.
"I prefer to be with my team-mates in training and on the field of play, however I know I have to be patient so I can heal properly."
Essien added: "I have been asked when I am coming back and at this point in time it's down to how the recovery goes and when I am given the all clear by the medical team.
"Sorry I can't be more precise, but it's too early to give specific dates."