Derby County manager Nigel Clough is looking forward to being able to welcome back captain Shaun Barker to full training.
The defender has been sidelined since the end of April after surgery on a knee injury, but he is edging nearer to a first-team comeback.
He has been given the all-clear to step up his rehabilitation and Clough believes the return of Barker will provide a big boost to his squad.
"Shaun has been running for the last few weeks and he has been doing some work with (coach) Johnny Metgod this week," Clough told the club's official website. "That means he isn't too far away from full training, but we know the importance of not rushing him back.
"When he comes back it will be great to see him. Some of the new lads like Craig Bryson and Chris Maguire, who have come down from Scotland, have seen Shaun around the place but they have not seen him train yet.
"They are aware he is the captain and how good he has been for us in the past but it will be great for everyone to see him out on the training pitch again."
Clough has been impressed by the way Barker has conducted himself as captain during his absence.
He added: "His influence is massive. Whether he is involved or not he is a great influence around the place. Shaun is a good leader on and off the pitch and someone that everyone can look up to."